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 Behind the Scene

Do you believe that the best things in life are those which the camera can never capture?

Well, I do.

We all have those perfect moments in life in which we can utter the words “This is the best!”. It is very natural party on beachfor us to create and enjoy fun and exciting moments. And in this modern times, we often encapsulate those memories through pictures or the ever famous ‘selfies’and ‘groufies’. Yes, as they say pictures can tell a thousand words however it can never capture the very meat of that moment. Through pictures, we tend to hold on to the best things without knowing that the best ones in life are also best left as a memory drawn with the wind.

Just like Jane, a 17-year old girl who tried to express her best moment in life through a picture. “We had a class presentation of telling a story out of an image. I chose the one in which I smiled, giggled and laughed a lot. I thought they will also feel the same, however they only flashed a slight smile trying to show their empathy and involvement where in fact they were all busy with their own business.” There she realized that the best things in life can never be completely portrayed and relayed on a flat 2D surface.

Similar to her story, is the experience of  ‘Tatang’ who tried to recall all his ‘best things in life’ moments through a collection of old pictures stored in his wooden ‘ataul’ (box). “Isang araw, nalungkot ako kaya naisipan ko na maglakbay na lang sa mga alaala gamit ang mga larawang itinago ko. Akala ko maiiyak ako sa sobrang tuwa at galak ngunit halos di ko na pala matandaan ang ilan dala na rin siguro ng katandaan.” Perhaps, he only remembered how he felt when he experienced the best moments of his life as he scanned and walked in the past through those pictures.iStock_000008776871_Medium

I too have my own share of ‘best things in life’. One of it was when I found my way back to Christ, giving me my real identity back which was once stolen from me. As a teenager, I had my Y.O.L.O (You Only Live Once) moments with me but those can never match up to the tender happiness I felt during that 3-day encounter with God. I was graciously and miraculously reborn in faith and spirit, with that I had my own testimony of life at its best. Unlike my other fun experiences, I didn’t have any picture of that 3-day journey but up until now the unexplainable feeling of freedom, love and joy are still alive and fresh in my soul. I believe I tried to take a picture of it but I chose not to save it realizing that it was just more than a wonderful  and memorable picture. It was a life changing event which shouldn’t be boxed only by the blinding flashes of the camera but instead its worthy to remain alive in my own collection of memories.meadow

Indeed, life is a journey bunched with surprises and unexpected moments. Just like when your crush crosses your way and says ‘hello’ to you, I can tell you can do nothing but freeze for a moment and stare savoring every second of it. For you, it might be one of the ‘best things in life’ however because of that rising mixed-up emotions of happiness and excitement you didn’t have enough reaction time to capture it with a camera. Nevertheless, best experiences and things in life are mostly those of behind the scenes and they are best captured by our own system of memory and stories to share.

Do you believe that the best things in life are those which the camera can never capture?

Well, I do.

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