This past weekend, a couple of friends and I went to Nuit Blanche to see the art installations downtown Toronto, and in the process, we had a reality check about being.
As we strolled through downtown, a friend says, “I never look up.”
At that statement, we all look up, observing buildings and structures we have never noticed before that moment.
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Mind you, we all have been to that part of downtown plenty of times. We have walked past that same street time and time again. Yet, it wasn’t until the night of Nuit Blanche, at approximately 5 AM, slightly tipsy and a bit delirious from lack of sleep, that we realized we don’t look up enough.
Since we were looking for art that night, we actually paid attention to our surroundings. We looked up, and around. Art was everywhere, especially in a big city like Toronto.
There are various explanations for why we don’t look up enough, if ever.
In part, we can blame the proliferation of our smartphone devices. In part, we can blame the ever-so-busy culture that has us hurrying from place to place, with no time to take in our surrounds.
Despite the causes, it is amazing what we can see when we pay attention, when we look around, and up. The mundane becomes the most entrancing. Beauty is everywhere. Art is everywhere.
What else are we missing out on by not paying attention to our surroundings?
I plan on looking up, and around, to find out.
Until next time. . . 🙂