As a person who loves to capture life through a lens, I must remind myself to stay where my feet are and to look up and appreciate my surroundings. Not every image is of my children and my husband, but actually being present. What’s here and now is all there is, so they say. As a girl with a camera I tend to try to look through my view finder and fall in love with the canvas I see in the moment.
I chose these images because they were those in-the-moments for me. Moms are not the only ones that are busy, its everyone. Even my kids. Busy in conversations, busy in schedules, busy managing our lives, our family’s lives, and busy just being busy.
I found these images in my archives. The first one is out to dinner at Gigino’s in Battery Park in New York City. Uncle Guido from Wall Street and his entourage, need I say more? I remember a few children in tow as well. I looked up during our conversation that was filled with laughter and saw The Statue of Liberty, so clear through the joyous noise. I was captivated by Her and all she stood for, a universal symbol of freedom.
The second photo is of this past Thanksgiving at 1500 Ocean in Coronado at The Hotel Del. This time 5 children in tow with a handful of adults. I was amazed that in front of me was an ice skating rink with the ocean waves crashing behind it. I was eating dinner with my family and some dear friends, but took that moment to appreciate where I was and how fortunate I was to be seeing such a site. Hearing the ocean in the distance with our favorite Christmas music and the sounds of giggling children, was an observation I could never forget. Just in case i do forget, I will have this image to look back on. I included another photo so you could see the ice skaters and the ocean and sun setting in the distance.
My point of describing the setting is that I am grateful I took the time to look up and appreciate where I was. I ironically captured the sky twice in a busy restaurant setting … coast to coast.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” -Henry David Thoreau
Have a Wonderful Weekend and even if disappointments or sadness prevails, try to look up and embrace the setting of the NOW and remember where your feet are!