John Mayer put it eloquently…

I’m writing you to catch you up on places I’ve been
You held this letter probably got excited, but there’s nothing else inside it
didn’t have a camera by my side this time
hoping I would see the world through both my eyes
maybe I will tell you all about it when I’m
in the mood to lose my way with words…

…You should have seen that sunrise with your own eyes
it brought me back to life
You’ll be with me next time I go outside
NO more 3×5’s

I really liked this song. It says a lot. Many people rush through life wanting to experience every little thing. Always traveling, on the road, off with friends, going to movies, going to dinner, visiting family, or what have you. In this world of always-on-entertainment, the world of emails, blogs (this one too), websites, mp3 players, home movies, etc. Does anyone ever stop to really smell the roses? Really?

I heard someone say that the alway-on-entertainment and streaming-high speed-internet-access has all but demolished day dreaming. It’s hard to make a case against this statement.

It’s funny how you evolve through life. As you age, and as life tosses you from side to side, your priorities change. As a kid, when Christmas rolled around, all you ever wanted was the year’s coolest toy or game. A few years later, you stopped wanting toys and started wanting clothes. A few years after that you don’t need anymore clothes, so you want toys again. This year for me, I didn’t want anything. I had all the clothes I needed. I had all the gadgets I wanted. Didn’t need any socks or ties. Art would have been nice, but not everyone knows the type of art that I like. This year, I found myself wanting pictures of all things. I realized that I didn’t have any framed photos of my family. So, withouth even asking, I got what I wanted.

I still love that John Mayer song. It’s got great meaning to it. But, it never hurts to snap just a few photos when you are with the ones you love.

Here’s one of my favorite gifts from this Christmas. Thanks, Matt!