Monday, November 12, 2012

To Blog or Not to Blog?

The ONLY {lame} photo I managed to snap in Berlin 


I have been traveling since Tuesday, October 25th but am now (finally) back home. We left central Germany on a rainy afternoon and made the eight hour drive up to Odense, Denmark where we checked into a cute vacation house and settled in to relax. I spent at least two of those days without getting out of my pajamas. We played a lot of card games and watched a lot of movies (though I did manage to squeeze in a lot of online homework in between these activities) and ate a lot of food. We celebrated Steven's Grandmother's birthday with a big party, and at the end of our trip Steven and I drove down to Berlin to spend a few days there.

Throughout this entire 1.5 week experience I can probably count on my fingers the amount of photos I took - which is not normal. Normal would be having so many photos to sort through that it takes me weeks to go through and edit them. However over the past fifteen or so days I've found myself with surprisingly little to say, and oftentimes blogging was far from my mind.

I'm realizing that there is a time and a place for photo-snapping and constant documenting. It's good to preserve those memories and I love sharing them with the world. There are times, however, when said documentation actually gets in the way of the memories themselves. There are times when lugging around my huge camera and stopping every five minutes to take photos would completely ruin the magic of walking hand-in-hand with my soulmate, window-shopping on one of Berlin's beautiful streets. There are times when choosing to write blog posts would get in the way of precious quality time with family. In those times, I think it's important to learn when to put the camera down and the computer away and just live your life. 

Life is good right now. I'm getting good grades, traveling a lot, spending time with the people I love. I might not have many pictures or words to back up that statement, but it's the truth and the memories are there. 

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12 comments:

Jay said...

Great post Daryl!

I found myself taking my camera out while sightseeing during the day in Berlin but always dropping it off in the late afternoon so that I could just be in the moment. I didn't bring it on our anniversary dinner and most of our evening walks are camera free. I think it's a good balance and one I'm glad to be taking!

Jenna said...

Like I just said in your other post... SO true! It used to be really difficult for me to unplug from social media or leave my camera in my bag for longer than 5 minutes... but it's surprisingly gotten easier and I think it frees up my time to just appreciate the moment :)

xxx
Jenna

Amanda @ Eloquent English said...

I've def felt that way before. Sometimes I'm so busy taking pictures and forget to just soak in the moment wishing I'd just spend more time entranced in the moment.....

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ifs ands Butts said...

I've been terrible about snapping photos lately and it makes me sad because sometimes I have a terrible memory of things without them, but you are so right and this does make me feel better about my lack of life documentation.

Renata said...

This is a point beautifully made!

Megan said...

agree with this 100%

Lauren {everyday ATLAS} said...

I held off on getting into blogging for a long time because I saw bloggers' ridiculous table settings that they clearly had made for the primary purpose of blogging about it or the stylish outfits they would wear on an evening walk with their husbands around the neighborhood. I didn't want to get sucked into that life where you do things literally just to photograph it! So...this post is refreshing. There are times the camera needs to be put down. :)

Smallgood said...

I'm always amazed when I get back from a trip and find that I stopped taking photographs. Never fails, I'll say, "Wait! No, I took more than this." And then I remember I was having so much fun and living those moments and no, I did not stop and break out the bulky camera. I find the best I can do in the moment is a blurry cell phone picture usually. Makes for a lame blog post, but it also makes a helluva memory.

Tamaras Blend said...

I can really relate to this post. Sometimes I just seem to forget to put the camera away and I miss everything. Isn't it ironic?

Nicole Marie said...

i absolutely agree!! i often have to remember to live the experience not just document it.

Sara Louise said...

I find myself leaving the camera behind more and more these days. At the beginning I was so desperate to document everything for my blog, that I missed out on the actual experience. I'm looking to find the blogger balance :)

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