Last week, my wife Lisa and I were on vacation. We flew to NYC to see the 911 Museum and then took a cruise to Bermuda. It was a wonderful time with our family (our brothers and sisters joined us for the trip – the first one we did together as “empty nesters”).
We were delayed leaving port due to hurricane Joaquin…but it was dark and the NYC skyline was spectacular all lit up. Lisa had pulled me out of bed (half asleep) at 2am to watch as we sailed past the Statue of Liberty and One Trade Center. As we got excited, we began running all over the ship looking for better angles to take pictures.
As the view of NYC faded into the background, I realized that we had wasted a lot of our prime viewing time. Half of the trip through the Hudson River was spent running around the ship…and the other half was spent looking through the viewfinder of the phone as we tried to save memories for the future!
Here is the lesson: During every experience, we must be careful to balance the following competing tensions:
- The desire to capture the experience for our memories (taking pictures), versus
- The desire to improve the experience by chasing better “positions”, versus
- Actually enjoying the experience
Do you miss out on the experience because of #1 or #2? Are there any other reasons you can think of that cause us to be “half-present”?
Thanks for listening.