So, today’s daily prompt (visceral) kinda ties in to what what I wanted to write about today… which is an addendum to the post I wrote the other day about the eclipse, and how I wasn’t as worked up about it as the world around me seemed to be. So here’s the thing, If I didn’t know there was to be an eclipse, if the news hadn’t plastered it all over the internet and everywhere else. If, say, I were walking along and suddenly the world went dark for a few minutes — I’d be confused and befuddled. Because, you know, the world isn’t meant to be dark in the day. Of course, I know what eclipses are so eventually I’d come to the conclusion that there’s an eclipse happening. So if I looked down and could see the shadow of the moon covering the sun, that would be awesome and amazing — as it’s meant to be. But because of the hype and the media coverage, it just took some of the fun out of it for me. It’s simply not a visceral experience anymore. It’s a zoo. Like Christmas… the magic of the season has left the building. Unless I do it my way (which I do) and everyone else can bite me if they don’t like it. 😛
Another example… Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a balloon fiesta every year (hot air balloons) and hundreds of thousands of people come every year to witness and participate. And those hundreds of thousands of people probably have a great time attending this fiesta. More power to them. Let them have their fun. It’s just not for me. I’m not a crowd person. The thought of being in a crowd of 850K people? Yeah, it gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Having said that, I would have loved to have been at the this balloon fiesta when it was first starting, when the first few ballooners (I dunno what they’re called) figured out that Albuquerque had the perfect conditions for ballooning and started coming there to fly their balloons. When it was just a few people gathering and having fun — before it became the monster that it is today. And, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved to turn the corner on any given morning in Albuquerque to see balloons in the sky. It was pretty awesome. I didn’t need an event to make it wonderful. Just one or two colorful dots floating serenely in the vast blue sky was enough to make me smile.
So, it’s not that I don’t think that eclipses are awesome in and of themselves. I think they’re pretty nifty. If I were surprised by an eclipse — solar or lunar — I’d be pretty touched. Same with a shooting star or a meteor shower. They’re spectacular sights to see, but I don’t go out of my way to watch them (not anymore — I got tired of chasing ghosts). And fireworks. If I were to wander over a hill and suddenly come upon a fireworks display in the distance, that would be pretty spectacular, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna fight the crowds to watch fifteen minutes of fireworks only to fight the crowds home. Yeah… not gonna happen. Even when I was younger, I didn’t have the patience for that nonsense.