“You can’t take a picture of this. It’s already gone”.
To me, no other scene sums up the transitory and fleeting nature of life quite like this scene from the finale of the HBO hit series “Six Feet Under”. Here, the soon-to-leave “Claire” bids her folks a warm, teary good bye before crossing the country for her new life. Being a career photographer, she pulls out her camera and asks her family to pose for a memorable caption on the porch of her childhood home. The omniscient ghost of her deceased brother “Nate” leans close and whispers softly in her ears; “you can’t take a picture of this, it’s already gone”.
The persistence with which we try to capture and cherish significant moments in our lives and preserve them against the eroding hands of time, though futile, is what makes us human.