I was suffering from Writer’s block until I received an email from my son’s primary teacher. She was sending to parents this beautiful video called “Look Up” and she was encouraging us to watch it with our kids.

I opened the email and started watching the video, not knowing what to expect. Wow! What a reality check for all of us. I watched it again with my children and my daughter did a presentation at school, using the video. No need to say that I was a very proud Mum when she received a mark as good as 19/20.

I strongly encourage you to read her text and watch the video. Take the time, put down your phone, turn the TV and the music off, share it with your friends and family. Read it and read it again. It put tears into my eyes and I’m sure it will do the same to you.

Thank you for your time.

See you soon,

Arielle

“I guess our parents stayed together simply because they didn’t have 7000 other people following them at their disposal when their relationship or marriage got hard. Nowadays when our relationships get hard we can just log on and get high off this false sense of security, appreciation and understanding.

We value our worth based on followers, comments and inboxed messages filled with colourful words that have no depth. Meanwhile the person who loves you when there is no filter on your face become an option and attractively filtered followers become priority. “Look up from your phone, shut down that display” these are words that many people seem to forget.

Have we become ‘Hypocritical and overdramatised’ or ‘beautiful and emotional’ – decide for yourself? Facebook and other social networks have become the centre of insecurities, heart breaks and misconceived ideas in this world and I believe that we are literally letting it dictate and rule our own lives.

“Look up” is a very well written poem that represents society today. We no longer live as realists; we live in an idealistic and virtual world. What is it about stories that our parents tell us that we love so much? It’s about the moment, the coincidence, the way they met, it was meant to be.

We always hear, I bumped into her or “we started talking on the train” all these moments. Yes, they happened because our parents were not looking down at their shoes all the time and were aware of who and what was happening around them. Social networking has a place in our society, but we abuse of it. We live in a world of insecurity and through posting or instagramming a virtual photo we yet manage to find this feeling of false security that feeds us, but again it’s only “false”.

Sadly, our phones have become our security blanket. I hear too many times the words “she pretty hot, I stalked her last night” or “he has a nice body but I don’t like his face”. We don’t even feel the need to meet these people in REAL life anymore, it’s already been judged, over and done with all in a few minutes.

All through what we call a “profile picture” and this one photo is meant to define who you are and what you’re about. Phones are killing face to face interactions. Whether you are dating someone, interviewing someone, or just meeting someone for the first time, there is a special quality about face-to-face interactions.

You can catch the subtle tone in their voice, see their expression as it changes from sad to happy, and you can look them in the eye to see if you trust them. In this narcissistic world that we have created, we feel the need to constantly prove ourselves, girls these days posting pictures of their bodies or even changing part of it, thinking that a virtual photo will prove their worth and verify that they are “hot” and that they are “beautiful”. Only to feel as those we are “worth something”.

I believe that life is made up of a series of moments, moments that nobody can take away from you. Moments like these are moments that a phone, an iPad, a TV or anything in that materialistic world can take away from you. These are the moments that you live and experience, watch, breathe and feel.

As human beings this is what creates a life, a life of opportunities, bumping into somebody, simply moments that are meant to be. But yet we are slowly starting to miss out on them because we are too busy looking down. We are currently becoming infatuated with our own selves and are being confused with what only seems to be. We are confused. Don’t lose what is real, chasing what only appears to be”.