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Living Life in the Moment

We came across some great wisdom out of UNLV; written by Mr. Adam Snow and felt it our duty to share it with you.  Please read this short article with a powerful message.

Can you do what he asks?  LiFE continues to move and evolve around us.  Capturing a mere moment in time while missing all the supporting moments may not be the best bet.  LiFE is NOW…® You be the judge.

Well said, Mr. Snow.

 

Dec 5, 2013

Written by: Adam Snow on Dec 5, 2013

Instead of focusing on how to best document memories on social media sites, people should just enjoy events as they occur

‘Tis the season to be jolly, celebrate the coming of winter break and put your damn cell phones down.

The urge to document (and share) everything is an understandable one, but just because we have the ability to do something previous generations couldn’t even dream of, doesn’t necessarily mean we should.

The obsessive way some of us go about recording everything we see, saving it as a convenient JPEG or video to be viewed years down the line, actually seems to make us miss more than we could ever hope to remember. It’s nice being behind the camera, framing a shot, or feeling an eagerness to share your creation with the world — this is pretty normal.

PAULINA ZENG / THE REBEL YELL

PAULINA ZENG / THE REBEL YELL

But, like most things in life, a lack of moderation does a world of damage. And unfortunately, unlike most things in life, the effects of overindulgence can be hard to realize in this case. From what I’ve seen among my own circle of friends, people who spend their lives curating and uploading everything they see tend to be more depressed. It’s a sharp contrast to the happy life they try to paint online.

The concept of losing something that would be easy to keep is horrifying. Your friends are funny, and your outfit looks cute, and we want to keep it forever. It’s natural. But we can’t indulge that need.

Maybe sometimes, like when your best friend has a baby shower, or your little cousin is finally graduating from high school, but during every casual get-together with your friends? Does every weekend really need to be documented?

Lowering your cell phone — or turning it off, or leaving it in the other room completely— will make your life much more enjoyable. Instead of observing the fun, or thinking about how you’re going to caption a memory when you post it to Facebook for all to see, partake in the festivities fully, without reserve. Dive into what you would have otherwise stood outside of.

Yeah, you’re going to lose some memories along the way. Some (if not most) of the weekends will blur together. But who ever said they shouldn’t? We’re young, and maybe our twenties are supposed to be a cocktail of good times that mix together instead of a carefully organized series of events.

Real life happens in person. It exists in the moment, with a kind of silly abandon. Trust me, when you’re old and starting to see pesky grey fringe your hair, you’ll have more than enough time to slow down and take the camera out. Things will have settled by then.

Things aren’t settled now, and that light piece of plastic, metal and glass in your pocket is a greater weight than you think it is. It may seem like the future, but it’s slowing you down and holding you in the past.

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Horseback Riding on the Beach

The saying goes, “kill two birds with one stone”; well, we slightly modified it but kept the same intent – “Cross off two Bucket List items in one trip”!  That trip was to the Bahamas where we were able to Swim with the Dolphins as well as Horseback Ride on the Beach.  If you’ve read the post Swim with the Dolphins then you know the weather was not all that accomodating for us on this trip or any trip for that matter, however the day we planned to ride horses on the beach the planets aligned and we had scorching sun, crystal clear caribbean waters and a long, beautiful stretch of sandy beach.  First dolphins now horses.  It is amazing to interact with another living organism other than human.  As you sit atop these magnificent creatures your attention is divided between taking in the absolutely gorgeous scenery around you and feeling the horse move and adjust below you.

Heading out along beach

We booked our excursion through Trikk Pony and Leo (the owner) was a gracious host.  In fact, she thought we only had two people in our party and had only two horses for the three of us, to which I indicated Bella and J should go and I would sit it out but the other group would not allow it, neither would Leo.  She drove us all back to the stables, picked up another horse and off we went to the beach.  I’m glad they all insisted.  It was magnificent.

We started out in a small wooded area that you could see likely led to a beach but you had no concept of what it was like as you exited from the shade of the trees onto a secluded white sand beach with nothing but caribbean water in front of you.

J riding along the beach

As we made our way along the beach the sun seemed to get hotter (if that was possible) but just as this was happening Leo indicated it was time to let the horses cool off and drink in the water.  Fantastic!  The horses waded into the water and you could feel the water creep its way up your feet, ankles and legs.

J entering the ocean as the sun got hotter

We spent nearly half the trip wading in the water which was magnificent since you could see clear through to the bottom and which was a bonus when a stingray decided to follow us.  We were told we  had to be careful as the horses do get spooked by the stingrays.  I tried to capture a photo but all I got was clear caribbean waves and dark image that could have been an old tee shirt underwater.  Too bad, it was amazing.

The group wading along the edge. Notice the water!!
J & Bella wading with horses
Our host, Leo
One of my favorite photos!

On our return trip we all stopped to admire a starfish on the sandbar.  Now, if you’re not from the tropics, the last sentence probably doesn’t get you all excited but trust me the starfish there were big and beautiful.  I was able to capture a photo of it.

Tropical Starfish

We had been talking about horseback riding on the beach for a long time, especially since J loves horses and has been riding for years.  This opportunity arose and we did not want to pass it up.  Neither should you.

LiFE is NOW…  ~ don’t you want to say “I did it”?

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