Since I was 18 I have been diligently making monthly video diaries and started filming them from my Mac when I was 21.
2 days ago I realised stupid ‘Time Machine’ just overrides the oldest stuff on your harddisk if it is full rather than alerting you that it is full!
NIGHTMARE! 3 years of music and diary lost!
It really threw me, I felt like I had a part of me stolen by technology (or more reasonably by my technological incompetence.)
Anyway, it got me thinking about living in the moment.
In the US a couple of weeks ago my dear friend and great photographer Steve Booker was snapping away at the Grand Canyon and after about the 50th snap I just said “Steve; put the camera down mate, suck it up for a minute.” He looked at me, Smiled and agreed.
I don’t think we will look back and regret not taking the 50th photo but we may regret not quite taking as deep a breathe as we could have done……
When our children were singing their first song to us,
When the sky went all pink and orange and purple, in that unrealistic way it sometimes does,
When someone looked us in the eye and said that they loved us for the first time.
Or when are parents were in their final days of life.
People often ask me how I manage to juggle so many different things in my head and appear not to get stressed out and I always say the same which is that I try not to think about the past or the future when I am with people but attempt to give myself fully to the moment that I am with them.
This might sound a little Poncy or superspiritual to you but I think it is simple.
Do well with what is in front of you in this moment; to the best of your ability.
What is infront of you is often a person.
That person will always be better off if they get the WHOLE of you for that moment than if they get a distracted shell of you.
—— RAMBLE OVER SORRY ——
SUMMARY : Living fully in the moment, aiming to love for a few minutes at a time is the only safe way to live.
ACCOUNTABILITY: If I don’t act this way with you, please pull me up on it, I think its flipping important.