Christmas Spirit

I like many people I think spend a lot of time putting things off for another day. This year I had put off getting in touch with many of the people I love because I have been ‘too busy’ trying to get my new working for myself status off the ground. Today being Christmas I decided to give them all a call and wish them a festive holiday day with their families and friends. As I phoned round each person and left messages on their voicemail thinking they are probably enjoying the delights of an over indulgent Christmas dinner I began to think to myself about my own family who live far away.

I haven’t spent a Christmas with my own family for a good few years now and this year I missed them more than usual. It got me thinking about the run up to Christmas all the frenzied buying and worrying about the new year. News stories covered in gloom and cynical witticisms, it didn’t really leave me or many of us I suppose with much time to really think about what it is we are supposed to be celebrating. Bombarded by panicking shopkeepers who need the biggest shop of the year to stay afloat and employers who want to get as much done as possible before all the work stops for christmas where is the time to breathe and reflect on what we have to be grateful for. In amongst all the rushing around trying to find just the right brand of toy or game for the kids where do we have the chance to just take in the moments that we have with our families these ever fleeting moments. Time, the ting we seem to have less and less of not just in our lives but also in our daily routines.

More and more we are expected to commit more to our jobs our studies, our online interactions. It is easy to forget that the real moments of significance, the truly powerful moments in our lives are the ones where we engage with each other in person. It takes courage and strength of character to drop our bullshit and be honest real human beings with each other, to stand up and say this is me warts and all and I’m ok to be here with you just as you are. So my Christmas wish for you is that today you can forget about the perfect Christmas and just be here today in that house, room, flat with the people you have chosen to be with. Let them make you laugh, let them drive you crazy, let them piss you off and still be there and love them anyway cause you’ll never get to do this Christmas again.

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About Oskar Marchock

Oskar Marchock is a Photographer and IT Professional He photographs events, weddings as well as wandering round the world and capturing moments never to be repeated. He believes it is important to treat each engagement with sensitivity and especially when photographing people to give them space and time to be comfortable with the camera around them so that taking photographs is not intrusive. It is important to him to allow there to be a relationship between the photographer and subject and it is the exploration of this relationship and the creating of images that ‘speak’ to the viewer that feeds his passion for this discipline. In the world of IT he has spent the last 12 years working in the background building systems and networks to for large corporations. Now striking out on his own he seeks to take his knowledge and skills to smaller companies and charities to help them to leverage the power of mobile solutions available so that they can focus on what they do best and not get bogged down in technology. If you are interested in contacting Oskar for either of the services he offers you can email him at: oskar@digitaloskar.co.uk View all posts by Oskar Marchock

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