Leo Babauta, the creator of Zen Habits, touched upon a deep-rooted aspect of our daily lives in this short story. As he hiked across the Sierra Nevada and came across a scene of great beauty, he found himself wanting to share what he saw. So what is this urge to share and does it add value to our life? Are we better off without it?
Yeah, we're social people living in a social (online) world. For example, I'm expecting that you'll want to comment on this article as soon as you've read it. But why do we share articles, images, our thoughts on any online platform with everyone we know (and don't know)?
This read reminded me of something my grandmother used to say as a songbird sat in the pine tree in her backyard. She would then grab my six or seven year old shoulder and point toward the tree and hoarsely go "Look, look, look..!" This utter fascination with anything that grows, walks, flies, crawls, or slivers was hugely infectious. I attribute Gram's enthusiasm to my own way of looking at the landscape and social sharing for that matter.
Babauta isn't a user of Facebook or Instagram, but he does like to share photo's with family and friends through Whatsapp or Snapchat. Even more so when he stood in awe of a scene in the Sierra Nevada mountains. But without an internet connection, Babauta realized that the urge to share was present. Instead of posting his photo, he wondered where this urge sprung from.
- Why is this moment not enough, without the need to share?
- Do I just want to brag, or is there a good-hearted motivation there too?
- What am I so afraid of, that I can’t refrain from sharing?
To discover the answers to this, he learned that a phone ban can help. But one of his findings that truly resonates with me is his next find.
We're observant to a universe expanding and a world in motion. And we love to share what we see.
Of course we all want to spread awareness of our creativity; our business. We want to look awesome to attract clients and customers alike. For me, it's quite hard to let go of Facebook, 500px, Instagram or indeed, Fstoppers. Even for a week or so. Of course sharing is an outlet, maybe even a cathartic one. But then again, taking pictures is already an outlet.
After reading this, I'm intrigued by my compulsiveness to share photography. I'm going to explore this further, but let me know what you think about this after you've read Babauta's full, but short, article on the matter.