Being Present

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The Way You Look Tonight in My Best Friend’s Wedding

In the moment

In the moment

Living in the moment, just like Julia Roberts’s and Dermot Mulroney’s character portray in this scene of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” show the importance of the then and now in life.  This blog is about the importance of being in the presence!

Today’s world, today’s way of life is a complete contrast to that of the past.  We are constantly worried about the time, about the competition, and living the future.  What happened to enjoying the present, the right now?  We are constantly striving to secure happiness for the future that we fail to enjoy what we have in front of us.

As a kid growing up surrounded by a fast paced world, where gadgets and technology kind of has a control on me.  I’m not afraid to say it!  Let’s be real, we all constantly check our phones, text, Instagram pictures, checking in on Four Square, updating our Facebook status, tweeting a friend , etc.  It is as if we couldn’t survive without them!  Through the years I have found various outlets where I am physically detached from this crazy world; whether it’s ballet, piano, writing, or running.  I have subconsciously felt the need to have that balance between technology and being present.  But it wasn’t till a couple months ago that i really witnessed and realized the extent of how much technology has hindered our ability to be mentally present anymore.

After having my first smartphone (of course the iPhone),  was it then did I notice this absence of myself and more obviously of others.  My personal moment was at a Jean-Paul Gaultier fashion exhibition at the de Young Museum.  I was vigorously taking pictures with my phone, whizzing through the rooms, until i was stopped by a conversation I overheard.  The man next to me was discussing about the intricate detailing of one of JPG’s collection pieces, of how beautifully crafted the gown transitioned from harsh denim jean to delicate goose feather.  I slowly put my phone down and it wasn’t till then did i start seeing each piece in a new light.  My moment of “Awe” when observing others was also pretty recent, it was at a restaurant I went to with my family in San Francisco.  As we were waiting for our meal, I was looking around this small restaurant only to see that a couple a table away eating a meal together.  The odd thing about them was the fact that they both were looking at their iPhone and eating dinner, not making any eye contact with one another, not talking to one another.  I thought maybe it was just that couple, but after that incident did I begin to notice this as a trend with all ages.

Society was no longer interacting with one another face to face, but phone to phone.

Yes, of course I have noticed it before, but it has gotten progressively worse.  Yes, I know i am typing this blog on the internet and on a online blog, but I am not suggesting to completely cut off Internet from your life or to throw away all your technology away.  Look at me; I love technology and what it has down to progress human’s daily life and I love the Internet!  All I am saying is to just set some time in your day, in your week, in your life to put the phones away, unplug yourself, and just really enjoy the company of those around you, soak in the environment, and taste the food (without Instagramming it)!!  Just enjoy some time to soak in the moment while it is going on then and now!  Trust me, it will make it even more memorable.

Share your opinions, thoughts, and maybe you have some stories!  Also if you have any suggestions about what topic I should write next, leave them down beeelllooowww.  Now for the COMMENT PART!

See you on the other side. xoxo

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