Two days ago I was enjoying Great Falls National Park in Maryland when these two gentlemen came into view.
The first thing I heard, said in a somewhat grouchy voice, before I gave them my full attention, was “Well, we’re all going to die sooner or later.”
But the line that really got my attention as I turned the corner and saw a face that contained twinkling eyes as they met mine, was “He’s going to die a whole lot sooner than he thinks he’s going to….” said in a way that only a brother could say it, with just the right amount of love and exasperation.
I had to stop and talk to them. There was a story to be heard here, and a connection to be made.
For good or bad, technology and social media have worked together to change our lives and the ways in which we share them.
In just about any public venue these days you’ll encounter people armed with cell phones and selfie sticks documenting themselves….taking pictures to help them remember the day, the people they were with, the experience of being in a particular place…. and often posting pictures of their face on social media.
Yesterday, in Washington DC, I enjoyed watching that process just as much as I enjoyed the city itself.
We all have stories to tell, and at the end of the day, we would like those stories to be heard. Selfies, as maligned as they often are, help us do that.