Yesterday, knowing that today is the longest day, I briefly considered that I might get up this morning pre-dawn and go out with my camera seeking pictures of daybreak. Very briefly! Laziness won and the anticipation of a full eight hours sleep totally trumped the idea of clambering, bleary-eyed, out of bed at some ungodly hour this am.
However, I did go out yesterday evening for a long walk in the hope of capturing, through my lens, the sunset: sadly it was cloudy so there was no dramatic multicoloured sky as the sun sank. I walked for almost two hours which makes it sounds like I covered an across-a-continent distance but in fact I didn’t because I stopped multitudinous times to take photos, none of which I am actually happy with and worse I am not sure what I did wrong.
Walking time is thinking time but paradoxically it’s also a time when I mostly live in the now. Especially if I am walking by the sea as I caught up in looking at and listening to the sights and sounds around me. Yesterday evening’s attention grabbers were: the rhythmic ripple of placid waves; the squalls of seagulls scattering skyward; and the splash of breaking water as swimmers jumped into the sea.
We are forever urged to live in the present but that is, I think, a counsel of perfection. I know I often find myself contemplating the landscape of my past or worrying about some future eventuality that might or might not happen. My favourite closing line to a novel is from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, it goes as follows “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” It often springs to mind when I walk by the sea and for me it neatly encapsulates how hard it can be to, in the tug of that current, to live totally in the moment.
When I got back from my walk my mind was on the future but in a good way as in I am looking forward to improving my photographic skills when I start my course. And I was also thinking that as I don’t walk even half enough that I will do the ten-thousand steps a day challenge.
I hope you have a good week.