A picture of a sunset is never as good as experiencing it live.
Watching your favourite team score a last minute winner on television doesn’t compare to the feeling you get if you’re in the ground.
And listening to recorded music is nice, but usually a lesser experience than being there for a good live performance of the same songs.
The photo, the TV highlights of the game, the recorded track – they serve as good memories, good reminders of special moments. But the magic doesn’t really happens unless you’re there.
“The spirit doesn’t track” – a wonderful phrase given to me by a new American friend this morning. So true.
So get out and go.