Capturing Moments

Capturing Moments

The beauty and uniqueness of that priceless snapshot

This Christmas, my parents got me a wonderful gift. I had asked for it, but I wasn't actually expecting to receive it. Early in the morning, with drowsy eyes and messy hair, I unwrapped the red and green, Santa-lined wrapping paper. My eyes opened wide as I realized that the box I was holding held a shiny new camera. A nice one. Not too nice, since I'm a beginner, but nicer than any camera I'd ever had before.

I was ecstatic. I immediately opened the box, and my older brother helped me set up the camera. The assembly wasn't too difficult, and with its super easy and efficient automatic setting, the camera was (for my purposes at the time), not too difficult to use. I began to take pictures of the rest of my family as they unwrapped their presents.

There's something truly amazing about capturing a candid smile in HD quality. Something incredibly beautiful about being able to see the freckles on your little brother's face as he poses for the camera. Something magical about recording the laughter in your dad's face as he opens the dumb little present you got for him.

I uploaded all the pictures from that Christmas morning to my computer, and the joy in the faces of my family brought joy to me. Sure, they would have been happy regardless of whether or not I captured it on my beautiful new camera, but it felt like such a privilege that I'd been able to do so. Since then, I've taken my camera and been able to relive the view of a great mountain range in the distance, a sunset on a city street, and the joy of baking with friends I hadn't seen for months.

Maybe it sounds superficial or far-fetched, but I really believe this gift of a camera is so much more than a camera. It's going to be a memory maker, a memory capturer, a memory in itself. I will be able to pull up those pictures and see the light in my family's eyes, the color in the landscapes I will see, and I will begin to realize the beauty in everything around me. A material thing is only a material thing. But the moments my camera lens might capture will be so much more than any gift I could be given.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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