I’m writing this on Sunday and last night we went to see Eric Church in concert. During the concert Eric was singing a crowd favorite, his hit song “Springsteen”. He paused and explained the song is about wanting to freeze a moment in time and remember it. That really stuck with me. So often his music really speaks to me and that’s why I’ve been seeing him for more than a decade. What really struck me about this instance is something I’ve been trying to work on with myself. The idea of experiences not things.
The first time I saw Eric Church he came to Michigan State University and played a free concert for students at The Union. My friend Jenna and I waited in line for a few hours to ensure we were right in front of the stage during the concert. The experience of that concert made me realize experiences can be so much more valuable than things. They are moments you can’t get back. This first free concert in college made me realize how much I love live music. Since then I have had numerous amazing memories with friends and family seeing live concerts.
During the concert on Saturday I couldn’t believe the people checking their Facebook. There were people next to me seeing how many likes their video post got. For clarity, I did post a lot of Snapchat videos. After I got some of my favorite songs recorded I put my phone away and gladly didn’t see it until we were in the car. Having memorable experiences mean you also need to be present. Do not hide behind your phone, get out there and experience life. Travel to that place you have always wanted. Go to the concert you have been dreaming of.
Having experiences doesn’t always have to be something big. Being completely present during the day to day can be so impactful. I have been working harder to be more efficient with my computer/social media time. That way I can spend more engaged time with Calli and my husband and not on my phone.
What is the number one experience you would do if money and time was not an option?