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Lost in The Moment or Lose the Moment?

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Why am I taking all these photos? For memories? Just so I can look at them and remember the trips? Why not just be in the moment? By attempting to capture it forever, am I missing the actual thing? Or am I subconsciously mucking about in the choose-your-favorite-filter vanity bubble of the digital world? So I can bake a cake, have it all to myself, eat it in front of everyone, and gnawed by worry over how many like’s I will receive? Shouldn’t travel be about meanings? Shouldn’t people be the core of bringing meanings to travel? And not the places, food and wine in these photos? How do I photograph meanings? How can I document human connections? Is there any point in immortalising these moments and sights?

According to Viktor Frankl, anything can have meaning if it changes you for the better.

In the process of capturing these moments, my awareness of the surroundings is enhanced. I am making a purposeful attempt to seek out details that reveal beauty, like the tension between textures and the subtle colour that tells a story.

Sagalassos Turkey travel lesson
At Sagalassos, an archaeological site in southwestern Turkey.

By being conscious of what captures my attention, what I deem worth remembering, and what I intend to accomplish with the photos—ultimately and ideally—I hope to learn more about what really matters to me.

Amadeus Oliver Gareis Travel Lesson
At Amadeus Winery, Oliver Gareis the winemaker shares the obstacles to wine production in Turkey.

I hope that these photos will remind me where I’ve been, not just physically but also internallymy mind and what went into every inch of my gut.

Khinkali Georgian Food Travel Lesson
In Batumi, Matt and I tried Khinkali for the first time.

Maybe these photo can keep me anchored to empathy and openness by illustrating that life can be lived perfectly well and differently from my own.

cappadocia cave travel lesson
Cappadocia isn’t all about whimsical fairy chimneys and hot air balloons. Some of the caves are still used by the locals for businesses and residential homes.

Perhaps someday these photos will teach me that environment dictates possibilities and possibilities are endless if I consider the varied environments out there.

svaneti georgia travel lesson
In Svaneti, a historic province in Georgia, life is as good as chilled beef.

In every photo, I hope it will act as a time machine, taking me to a positive feeling in the past and teleport my mind to a future moment that I will intentionally construct based on this positive memory.

crooked vines portugese wine cult wine
A dream-come-true moment for me to spend an evening in Porto, Portugal. Crooked Vines is one of my favorite Portuguese wine finds and I can’t wait to share the taste with my loved ones in the near future.

Why take all these photos? Steve Jobs said that we can only connect the dots when we look backwards. Then maybe the question should be why not? So why not #yolo, take a #selfie of your #ootd with #foodporn on the table as you plan your next #fitspiration post at a place that qualifies for #wanderlust?

That said, I think we can all learn to strive for an environment or Facebook feed that is less about ourselves and more about what we are surrounded with; perhaps even go beyond picture-perfect essentialism and create vivid frames about how we feel, not just what we see.

I’ll continue to document my trips but will also keep in mind to do it in the least intrusive manner. Enjoy and savor the moment first and if an unobtrusive opportunity arises, maybe I’ll create a tangible memory to fall back on. We can all keep moving and document our own trail as long as we remember to look back and connect the dots of those experiences. In the process, let’s continue to ask ourselves “why” and “why not”.

To perception, reason, will, intuition, and imaginationmuch love, Charine

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Charine Tan
Charine Tan
Globetrotting Wine Geek & Brand Strategist
http://wwww.exoticwinetravel.com

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