The video starts out super casual. A young blonde girl with blue eyes speaks calmly to the camera. She explains that she’ll be taking a road trip to visit her sister. Then, she produces a full glass of water. “Stay healthy, guys,” she proclaims, downing it. Just another regular vlog, so far.
Then, the movie begins. Highways float past a backseat window. Warm notes of a wanderlust anthem become the backdrop of the girl’s narration. Then, clouds drifting inside the blue aquarium of an airplane window. A fuzzy blanket of sunlight draped over a baggage carousel. Finally, the camera follows the girl around a corner, where she meets her sister in a tight embrace.
All the while, her narration punctuates each clip with the warmth of a thousand suns. “Do you know this feeling, when you miss something, for example a person or a place, and finally, after a long period of time, you’re with this person, or at this place? And it’s just like you appeared in a photo or video you were watching, but now it isn’t a photo or video, anymore.”
Breathtaking. I sat in silence for a while. A good, long while. All my life, I recognized longing as a drab, faded shade of gray. But this little movie showed me more. Somehow, it painted longing with colors I had never even seen before. It showed me longing can be beautiful.
Because longing has what many emotions lack. Something which transports it to a different realm of emotions. Something which allows it to drive us to action or move us to tears. That is, true longing is immortal. It will always remain a part of you. Mold itself to you. Take on your character. It’s an everlasting symbol of your connection with someone or someplace. Like a photo that never fades. A photo that you can look at every day, until one day, it won’t be photo, anymore.