by Cat Calhoun
San Miguel de Allende, Gto. México
Is this about Mexico? No! Yes. No. Well, yes, kinda.
Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration of our connection to others that reaches beyond our three-dimensional life. Part of this year’s celebration in San Miguel de Allende was an amazing performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the beautiful Parrochia church. It was a beautiful, moving performance in a standing-room-only packed church. . . filled with people holding up their cell phones like they were at a Pitbull concert.
Anyone who knows me IRL is well aware that I am a self-confessed technogeek. I’ve logged, blogged, and vlogged my life since Al Gore invented the internet. But at this concert it fully struck me that I have spent a lot of my life doing this – holding up my phone or my camera or my iPad to capture something for others that I would be better served simply experiencing for myself.
This may or may not be true for you, but I have begun to realize that for me tech has become an addiction, an expression of my inner need to have approval from my peers, and a distraction from what is really going on around me. As an emigrant to Mexico from the US, I realize it is also a way to sink back into the comfort of the culture I was born into via Netflix, Facebook, Instagram and a host of other easy addictions. All of these impact my ability to nourish meaningful relationships with my partner, my friends, and my world.