Instant gratification ruins happiness. Yep, I said it. There's this expectation nowadays that we should be able to come upon anything we need/want within a few moments of the thought popping into our brain. Today, as I watched the Seahawks lose in excruciating fashion, I saw a Domino's commercial where you can now order a pizza with a pizza emoji. Amazon Prime now has a one hour delivery option, which is almost eliminating the waiting game entirely. Soon enough, little drones will be flying through the air to deliver our packages, within moments of ordering them. Everything is now and waiting becomes passé.
Our brains have been literally re-wired to think that if something doesn't happen immediately, it's not good. You don't get a response to that text right away? They must not like you. Your shows aren't selling out right away? People must not like your band. On and on and on I could go.
I was texting a buddy tonight as the sun set over the horizon in miraculously vivid colors and he said something that I'd been thinking about myself lately. He'd related this sunset to to a reminder that despite the storms in his life right now, God was reminding him:
But here's the thing with that. The storms will still come. When we want that instant relief from the downpour, we have to remember that patience is a necessity. And in this day & age, our instant gratification is ruining that. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither do our metaphorical downpours immediately cease with a rain dance. We have to be patient and accept that while we can't see what is coming tomorrow, it's gonna be ok. I needed this reminder today too, because I have to really work at waiting. Even as I edited this photo tonight, my original output wasn't conveying the tone and idea I wanted to work with, so I went back to the drawing board. And back again, before settling on this particular piece of art that I'm showing now. If I'd have just gone ahead with what my original idea was, I'd have ultimately not been happy. Two hours later and I'm exactly where I was wanting to be. It just takes time.
Wait, Jake. It's gonna be worth it. #UntilWeMeetAgainProject Day 36.
This is a photo of NYC based band "Crushed Out", a husband and wife duo who made a stop through Yakima tonight and played an in-store at Off The Record. Since there isn't much live music that happens here, I figured I would head down and support this free event. After, I grabbed a shot of them in the store and merged images in Affinity Photo, after editing the original image in Lightroom. Since they're based in the East Coast, the second image I used was from the Jersey coast, taken in May while I was out on tour with Acceptance.