Monday, 19 June 2017

Are We Living Life In A Bubble?

*I had started this post a long long long looooooong time ago so forgive me on this hahah*

If you haven't heard Chained To The Rhythm yet by the one and only Katy Perry please go give it a listen!  And really listen and then come back to this post!!  I was having a look at Katy Perry's music video for Chained To The Rhythm and the lyric "So comfortable we're living in a bubble, bubble" stuck with me and got me thinking.  Are we living life in a bubble?

Let's talk this out.

We live in a digital world, where at a press of a button moments, memories, anything can be published online.  It’s a digital age unlike anything we’ve ever experienced before and while this can produce some amazing things, on the flip side it can just produce the opposite.
Living our lives through a lens.

Like I've said, we live in a digital world.  We post on Instagram and update our Instagram stories, we keep up snap streaks on Snapchat (man how streaks infuriate me hahah) but we live our lives through an online platform.  And yes here I am writing about this all on my blog, my little corner of the internet.

The musical legend that is Ed Sheeran took a break from his phone and social media saying that he had found himself seeing the world through a screen and not his eyes.  This struck a chord with me because I feel so many of us would be able to relate to this to some extent.  While instagram isn't as instant as the name suggests with the editing and all that goes into taking the perfect shot, we don't really appreciate the world in that moment.
And I am that person.  If there is a gorgeous sunset, I grab my phone and take a photo, or multiple photos.  And it will either end up on my instagram, or my instagram story or snapchat.  Taking photos of food, people, landscapes, ourselves too!

We have our experiences through a lens.  And while that is great for preserving memories through videos, picture, blog posts and the like, we don’t live in that moment.  When I was in Adelaide, I’d take a photo of the sunset.  They were truly stunning.  But then I’d keep taking photos of the sunset as it changed.  I’m torn because I want to see the photo back months later and marvel at how beauty Henley Beach was but at the time last year, how much time did I waste taking the photos?  Instead of just appreciating it there and then.

So comfortable, we live in a bubble, a bubble.

I think we just spend too much times on our phones.  And laptops.  But I think that is just how the time is at the moment.  Technology is advancing and more and more people are choosing to document their lives online, myself included.  I think we can look at the words lens as us looking at the world how we want to see it, hence living in a bubble.

Turning a bling eye to what is happening in the world, or closer to home with our family and friends.  We keep ourselves in a little cocoon of utopia.  Oblivious to what is going on around us or a watered down version.

Your rose coloured glasses on.

I first heard the term rose coloured glasses when I was in grade 5.  I was 10/11 and there wee two students in the class who were all happy and in love as you would be at that age and with a girlfriend/boyfriend.  I can't remember the specifics of how everything went down because this was years ago, but my teacher said the girl was looking at the world through rose coloured glassed.  Me being the kid I was looked at the girl and was thinking, she isn't wearing any glasses, and waited til I was home to ask mum what my teacher meant.

The highly sophisticated source of Wiktionary, defines rose coloured glasses as an optimistic perception of something; a positive opinion, seeing something in a positive way, often thinking of it better than it actually is.  I, as a much older person, understand this a lot better now.

People will view the world how they want to view the world.  When I was little, I thought everything was sunshine and roses and sugar and spice and everything nice.  Now as a 24 year old, I hate (and I’ll say hate) going onto Facebook, Twitter, Instagram any social media platform and seeing the devastation which is occurring.

I sometimes feel that people turn a blind eye to what is happening.  It’s so easy to scroll past and move on from what you saw and I myself struggle with this.  Sending a tweet out does nothing when you think about it.

While there is nothing really that we can do about changing how technology is advancing, I think it's important to remember to actually live.  We need to live more.  I remember, I believe it was Ella Grace Denton who had a blog under this name and I think those five words should be made into a print.  We need to live more and we don't have to do it all my our phones.  Not constantly posting on social media isn't going to be the end of the world, if you lose a snapchat streak the heavens won't open up and get cranky.  And yes, here I am typing a post up which will end up on my little corner of the internet hahah

We need to look more and I mean look more.  Actually with our eyes and see what is happening.  We live in a beautiful world but more often than not our world is a not so beautiful place.  Which sucks.  It truly sucks.

Looking further into the lyrics of this song, I just have to praise Katy Perry.  There are so many songs out there which are very thin with their meaning, but not with Chained To The Rhythm.  Our world is so ironic sometimes.

What do you think?  Are we living in a bubble?  Do you like Chained To The Rhythm?  Let’s talk about it in the comments!! :)
Until next time, keep smiling :)  Em xx

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