La Vie Est Belle (Spring Fling Edition)
Life is beautiful! There is so much out the in the world to experience that I often wonder why people constantly say that they are bored and that there is nothing to do. Especially in a country as beautiful as ours with sand, sea and sun where thousands of visitors from all over the world come to escape their harsh winters. The youth of today often times spend their time living engrossed in their technology, social media and the opinions of others,so much that they don't live life in the moment, be carefree and experience all that life has to offer to them.
Many a time can you find people paying $30-$300 to attend an event and they spend 95% of the time at the event snapchatting, taking photos, or just standing up "posing". You would think that they paid money to go out and have a good time and not just be a statue and record everything instead of experiencing it fully. As humans we are not as socially adept as we once were. It is becoming increasingly hard for some people to carry on a face to face conversation with friends and family, and many families have to resort to a "no electronics" rule when trying to have bonding time. As our technological age advances, it causes a vast decline in the social skills of younger generations which is detrimental to a people.
Knowledge is power is time is money. As we waste away our time on the Internet and our electronic devices and consoles playing games and watching videos of cats jumping from the sight of cucumbers (I am guilty of this), we lose out on all of the opportunities we have to gain more knowledge and learn something new through first hand experiences. And are we using this technology to advance ourselves by becoming more knowledgeable? While some of this might, firsthand knowledge through experience is much better.
We rely too heavily on the Internet and television through mainstream media to give us information and swallow what is given to us on the mass media platforms instead of using our abilities of critical analysis and deciphering what is the truth from what media wants us to believe. The time we waste doing certain things can be used to empower ourselves, start a small business, make us more knowledgeable and ultimately make our country a better place.
The world is a big place, and Barbados is pretty big too; in my opinion. As a Bajan and much like other Bajans, I am guilty of saying "Barbados is too small!". But while Barbados may be small in size and (maybe) population, we definitely cannot say we know 50% of its residents. So yeah. Barbados is pretty big. That being said, find something new to do! Be creative! Go out and meet new people! Out of the 290,000 Babadians on this island alone (many of us are scattered all over the globe) you can learn something about and from at least five people a day.
Now I'm not saying that you should go and ask someone their life story, but instead just make casual conversation. It's nice to see how you brighten someone's day by just talking to them and asking them how their day is going! The new generation of Barbadians are nowhere near as friendly, mannerly and unselfish as the generations before, namely our grandparents and great grandparents. I don't mean to bash our people, but we could really do better!
So my message to my readers is this "put the phone down, and go and live". We have so many things to do here on this planet that we don't know the half of it. Be spontaneous every once in a while and be thankful for the gift of life you're blessed with each day. And most of all remember that "la vie est belle".
Blouse: Attitude Boutique (Barbados)
Skirt: 4everGlam (Barbados)
Accessories: Shades- T'is Copacetic
Photography: Shawn Fields