Anyone who’s switched on a DSLR or mirrorless camera without a lens attached will be familiar with the rush of bright white amorphous light you’re greeted with.
Without a lens to focus the light in a meaningful way, the world is just a great white hot blur.
So, unless we’re trying something super experimental, we need to attach a lens to the camera before we can start to find compositions and frames that make some kind of sense.
And so it is with many subjects and interests we choose in life.
We can’t absorb everything all of the time so it makes tremendous sense to break the world down into manageable chunks.
And then those chunks into smaller chunks.
Imagine trying to follow all the sport in the world.
But pick one sport, say football, and you take a step towards possible.
Still, with thousands of teams internationally, you can’t keep up with them all.
So maybe pick one league from one nation, say the English Premier League.
However, apparently in the 2021-22 seasons there were 380 matches. Multiplied by 90 minutes each, that’s 34200 minutes, or 570 hours or nearly 24 days solid of football.
Now some dedicated fans may indeed watch this much, but for most it’s still too much, so you might chunk down further and just follow one or two teams.
Going from “I watch all the sport everywhere all the time” to “I follow Manchester City in the English Premier League” becomes a more manageable lens to view the world of sport through.
The same principles apply for music or books or TV shows or food or anything else.
We can’t have it all, only a mere fraction.
And the smaller we make that fraction, the more focused and dedicated we can be, the more we can immerse ourselves and give those few things we have chosen to commit our time to our full attention.
We can greatly enjoy a small handful of subjects and interests, instead of paying lip service to and skimming over dozens.
What are some of the lenses you’ve chosen to see the world through?
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