Life has been crazy and hectic recently. It feels like the days are spinning by faster and faster, I’m struggling to keep up. The overwhelm is real as my to-do list is getting longer and longer. It feels like it’s filled with other people’s priorities and I’m not really living the life I want to live.
It’s ironic really. I adore capturing the ordinary moments for my clients. Yet I have been forgetting to take that split second to notice the ordinary moments in my life.
I knew I needed to start setting some time out for myself. I started planning in time to exercise. I have taken time out to listen to music when I get home from work - sometimes on my own, sometimes my nephews join me for a dance party. I found myself singing along to the following lyrics:
“We keep this love in a photograph
We made these memories for ourselves
Where our eyes are never closing
Hearts are never broken
And time’s forever frozen still”
- Ed Sheeran, Photograph
We need to make memories.
I loved this evening in Vancouver. I loved that we needed time out so we went to a place we felt at peace. I come back to these photos frequently. They bring back that feeling of peace as I look at them, the reminder to enjoy the sunset and spend some time by the water, watching it lap away the anxieties of life.
Sometimes making memories requires that little bit of extra effort on our part. It’s the time to add the baking ingredients to our shopping trolley and the effort to then get them out of the cupboard. It’s the decision to take that unknown road and explore a new area. It’s the decision to spend time with loved ones doing something that will strengthen us. It’s the efforts to pick up the camera and capture the little things; those moments that we will cherish as we look back at them in the years to come.
Because you know the little things? The little moments?
They’re not little.