In Memory of Living in the Moment
1500 B.C. to 2014 A.D.
Living in the Moment succumbed today to a viral advance of technology losing a valiant struggle against iPads, iPhones, iThings, tablets, pads, Nooks, crannies, the latest Microsoft thing that replaced the other Microsoft thing, Droids, Kindles, social networking and Amazons.
Living in the Moment is survived by its distant cousins, Interaction and Conversation, and its newest relative, Capture the Moment.
Living in the Moment was preceded in death by Spur of the Moment, Enjoy the Moment, Remember the Moment, and In the Moment.
Living in the Moment’s next of kin, Capture the Moment, resides in a variety of personal devices never to be seen again, except on social media where no one really pays any attention.
Interaction and Conversation, both of which are barely holding on and are not expected to live much longer, issued a statement on Living in the Moment’s passing.
“Nobody listens. We’re too busy talking with our thumbs.”
This statement which was tweeted, pinned, and face booked got 1,345,567 likes.
Living in the Moment’s long life contributed to many personal conversations, fond memories, and sentences starting with “remember when.” Living in the Moment’s relatives, Interaction and Conversation, recall that Living in the Moment was cherished for generations as people got involved with one another and actually conversed.
“Being around Grandpa at Christmas after a few toasts made for fond memories. The picture of Grandpa passed out in his chair, not so much,” Interaction lamented.
“Back in the Middle Ages, talking with our thumbs and having to document every microscopic nuance of an event via a handheld device was only done by warlocks,” Conversation added.
Interaction chimed in, “In the 1950‘s, when the camera was in common use, you were lucky to get one group picture of the bunch. Back then, we all waited as the photographer would burn his fingers removing the flash bulb. Ha, those were the days!”
Group gatherings had to mainly be in the moment. Nobody knew who was going to show up and, lots of times, no one knew who did show up. This was especially true in the early years when memories had to be carved in stone. What happen and who showed up could be totally screwed up with one slip of the chisel. Instead of Queen Nefertiti, we get Osiris, the god of the underworld. That changes the whole direction of what people thought happened.
Interaction added, “What is this? You can’t be with someone without having to hold your arm out and put a phone in their face? A crappy picture is a crappy picture. For crying out loud, have a drink instead. He or she will look better than in that phone picture.”
Conversation, which is on life support, remembered reverently that Living in the Moment was the gateway to individuals getting to know their neighbors and to make friends. People would get together and talk to one another, not text or be glued to their phones.
“You can’t throw a couple of hot dogs on the grill without someone texting it to 100 people who could give a damn,” Conversation said.
Family and friends of Living in the Moment will be received at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest at any time for as long as they’d like to remember Living in the Moment by not living in the moment.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “Get a Life Foundation” which encourages everyone to put down the damned iPads, Droids, and iPhones.
No one really wants to see pictures of your happy hour, what your forearm looks like with your date, what you ate, your vacation pictures (which were bad enough when you had only 20 of them, not 2,000), your work out, or what your dog, cat, ferret or spouses look like when they’re sleeping!