My favorite song for a long time had been “Almost here” by Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem. If you haven’t heard this song, you can click here to check out the lyrics. The song is about a very heartfelt conversation between lovers where the girl doesn’t feel that the boy is really present with her; however, the boy is pleading his case by mentioning how much he loves her and how he can change the world for her. Initially, I could not realize how can someone be “almost here,” but then I grew up and witnessed many cases where people were only almost there in the moment.
With the number of distractions present all around us and the amount of fascination being thrown our way by the whole world wide web, it’s only human to be drawn to everything except for where we are right now. I haven’t been a saint in this matter. At one point in time, I could be seen checking three of my Gmail accounts, Facebook account, Instagram accounts (yes, multiple), and Twitter. The roots of obsession were so deep in me that I didn’t see anything wrong with playing the role of Omnipresent. Fortunately, the mortal in me woke up soon enough to realize that I am no God and the time that I am spending in being present at multiple places could be utilized in a better way by concentrating on the people who are devoting their precious time to me in that very moment. That’s a shame because the best gift somebody can bestow upon us is the gift of their time, and if we are too blind and ignorant to acknowledge that then what is the use of being an Omnipresent entity.
In our quest to be everywhere, we are actually not being present anywhere. Sometimes It is okay to be distracted by certain tasks because our mind is too busy contemplating how to meet a deadline or how to juggle the n number of tasks that we have assembled on our plate; however, if it becomes a frequent/ regular distraction then we must look for a change of plan. I know so many people who are never looking into the eyes of the speaker while having a conversation; instead, their eyes are glued to either their cell phones or laptops or any other gadget. This is extremely annoying because half the fun of having a conversation, according to me, lies in watching the dance of various emotions in the eyes. Making an eye contact used to be the fundamental rule of a conversation, but now it seems a rare occurrence.
I have a friend who is a fun-loving fellow and who loves sharing many stories, but he is the classic example of somebody who is only almost here. In the middle of his story, when he has a complete attention of his audience, his phone beeps and he loses his audience by simply taking his eyes away from them to his phone. Although half the time it might be an important “beep,” rest of the times he could let the fascination of being closer to the “far away” people go and be with the people who are right there. Why be almost somewhere when you can be really there?
Being actually present in the moment is also effective when you are trying to find your muse. I am a fashion blogger who needs to know what’s going around me in order to find an inspiration. Sure, I can find the inspiration by watching TV or reading magazines or following relevant people on social media, but then I would only be imitating what others are doing. When I “unglue” my eyes from my gadgets, I am amazed by the awesome fashion show that people around me are showcasing every day on the streets. That’s where my muse lies. Changing my attitude from being “almost here” to actually “being here” opens up an ocean of inspirations.
This post is in response to the Daily Post prompt of the day: almost.