This year has been trash. That’s not me being ungrateful. It’s me being objective. I can’t imagine what we possibly could have done to deserve 2020 but here we are. I was talking to someone at work today about aging and how at some point you start to do the sobering math and realize you have less days ahead of you than behind you. That led into things we would have done differently if we knew then what we know now. It may sound silly but I would have taken a lot more photos. This year has made me realize how quickly your circumstances can change for reasons you couldn’t have imagined. You can buy insurance, save, be kind and recycle but if the universe decides to unleash a global pandemic or a civil war breaks out none of those things are going to help you. Trust me when I tell you your insurance policy has an exclusion for acts of God and civil unrest.
So, back to the pictures. I have to be in the moment to get a good picture. I can’t concentrate on my shot if I’m thinking about what I left out of a work email or my laundry. And then for being present you get a little reward that you can look back at to remind you of what it was that caught your eye. A memory token that can be cashed as needed. I would have done less looking towards and striving for the future and more of appreciating the then and there because the future as it has always been is a crapshoot.