A lesson in enjoying the moment

My workcamp group In Sega, Kenya, presented a German gospel during mass. Athough we had practiced our performance before, we were quite nervous about it. In order to proove our courage to our friends back home, we asked someone to tape us singing and dancing. Unfortunately, she failed to do so. Although we did a great job on stage and our spectators seemed to like our performace, I was crushed about not having a taped memory of it.

Luckily, I noticed how stupid this thought was quite quickly. Here’s why:

We did a great job. We had fun. We made more than a thousand of other people happy. Last but not least: We made a memory. So what’s there to be sad about? Nothing!
Picture Moment Laura Konieczny

Taking a picture or enjoying the moment?

Although I love taking pictures while traveling, I’ve recently tried to cut it down to a minimum. Don’t get me wrong. It’s nice to have photos and videos as memories of great experiences made, beautiful places visited and wonderful people met. I also love sharing my (traveling) pictures with family and friends as much as I enjoy looking at their pictures. However, as times passes, I sometimes wonder what I’m actually remembering: the “true memory” or a static picture of it, FESTGEHALTEN with a camera.

Does it really matter?, you might wonder. To me, it does. I don’t want to have a nice view through the occular of my camera only. I’d rather like to feel the sun, rain or wind on my skin, inhale a place’s unique smell and try to take a vivid picture with my inner eye. I want to enjoy the moment while I’m living it, not only afterwards when looking at pictures.

Looking at photos and videos is a great way to remember memories made in past days. However, they shouldn’t stay onedimensional but remind us of those unique experiences we made, beautiful places we visited and the wonderful people we met. So next time you’re taking pictures and looking at them a while later, try to ask yourself: How did the place smell? What did it feel like? What did YOU feel like? Trust me, you’ll SCHWELGEN IN ERINNERUNGEN even longer than you normally do.

What’s your favorite memory?

What’s your favorite picture taken while traveling?

Check out those inspirational articles by my blogging colleagues:

Matador Network: “Don’t see traveling as a checklist”

Journey of Wonders: Photography tips

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Like List: Summer

Since there are great things to do throughout all seasons, I do not have a favorite one. However, I would like to share with you what I love about the summer. It came to my mind when I did some inline skating last week and enjoyed my mini vacation in my parent’s backyard yesterday.

  • Ice cream and fresh fruits
  • Light clothes, dresses and skirts
  • The sun
  • Outings on my inline skates or bike
  • Coming home from a party at sunrise and not needing a jacket
  • Barbecues
  • Playing pool games with my baby cousin (2)
  • Hanging out at the park
  • Having the best motivation to get my university stuff done: do something fun outside as soon as the work is finished
  • It’s vacation season
  • The flowers in my grandparents’ backyard

What do you like most about the summer?
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Ich habe keine Lieblingsjahreszeit, weil es während jeder einzelnen  wundervolle Dinge zu tun gibt. Trotzdem möchte ich mit euch teilen, was ich am Sommer besonders mag. Es kam mir in den Sinn, als ich vergangene Woche auf Inlinern dem Sonnenuntergang entgegen fuhr und ich gestern einen Miniurlaub im Garten meiner Eltern verbrachte.

  • Eis und frisches Obst
  • Luftige Kleidung, Kleider und Röcke
  • Die Sonne
  • Ausflüge auf Inlinern oder dem Rad
  • Von einer Party nach Hause kommen, wenn die Sonne bereits wieder aufgeht, und keine Jacke brauchen
  • Grillpartys
  • Planschbecken-Spiele mit meiner Cousine (2)
  • Nachmittage und Abende im Park
  • Die beste Motivation mit dem Unikram fertig zu werden: die Aussicht auf Sonne, sobald alles geschafft ist
  • Es ist Urlaubszeit
  • Die Blumen im Garten meiner Großeltern

Was mögt ihr am Sommer am liebsten?