It was 1995 and my divorce was final. I was working on rebuilding and had to decide where I wanted to go with my life and what I wanted to hang on the walls. Someone asked me about the big print of the sunrise as it got moved from room to room but never put away.
So, I explained to her what that picture represents to me:
When I took that picture, it was in a series on the roll… one or two before, one or two after. Each shot is a completely different view, moments apart, split second changes in the world around me. At the time, all of those changes were so subtle and yet, very significant when you look at the prints.
That moment made me proud, returned my confidence. It changed my perspective of myself for a short period of time. I keep it around to remind me what I’m capable of accomplishing when I believe in myself. And when someone else believes in me. If my boss had never encouraged me to capture my own view – perhaps I wouldn’t have turned into a tourist in my own life.
I can look at that picture and feel that moment with such clarity. As time passes, I appreciate it so much more. Because I have learned to value special moments in time. Moments that can change your view of the world forever – or for a moment. It just depends on how long you choose to remember the lesson.
So many of us miss so much looking at moments in blocks of days, weeks, months, years… and forgetting how a single moment in time can change your life so significantly, so profoundly.
The lesson for me in that picture was this:
Don’t get so caught up in moments that have passed (and you can’t do anything about anyway) or moments that may happen (or not)- that you forget to pay attention to and appreciate the moment you are in.