I’m either here now, or behind my phone/camera recording the here and now. Sure, there are many moments that I want to freeze in memory and/or share with loved ones far away. But the moment I take my phone/camera out to record it, I lose that very same precious moment. I’m not here now anymore, I’ve stepped out of the scene. I’m an observer, not an experiencer. I’ve separated myself from my reality and now I’m watching it as an outsider. It’s very ironic, we’re not living our lives in real time in order to live it as a memory. We’re so used to living in the past and/or the future instead of the present moment that we hardly ever see the irony or even feel the difference. The present moment is so valuable, precious and alive but we’d rather live it after it’s dead. As if what makes it special, its aliveness, is scary to us. We might actually feel, need to act or respond in real time. We can’t deal with the pressure of being present in our bodies; sensing, feeling, adjusting, expressing. We’d rather live the moment after it had passed, analyze it, think about it, talk about it but we can’t really do anything about it anymore because it’s already gone. “Oh well, I’ll live it in my head when I want”. Right? Wrong! We hardly ever go back and watch those wasted presents. Why? Because we’re busy recording new presents, that we’re also going to toss on the pile of “when I have time”.
The gift of being alive, here and now, in our bodies, in the present moment, feeling and reacting, had been beaten out of us as children by adults who were also deprived of inhabiting their bodies in the present moment. And we’ll continue the tradition of beating it out of future generations. Let’s live in our heads. Bodies are messy, dirty, dangerous, ugly. We’ll drug them into submission. We’ll force them into unnatural shapes and forms that suit our mind’s warped realities.
The end result is that we’re not living our lives. We’re watching ourselves living after the fact. Then we can make up in our heads how we want to react. Rewrite what doesn’t suit us. Live in our imagination. Isn’t that what virtual reality is all about?
Here are some special moments when I stepped out of my present in order to share them with you. Let’s relive them together…
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