A few weeks ago, Stephanie and I went out to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday. A group of friends gathered at a restaurant for some yummy grub and a little live music. Just as the band began to play, a rush of commotion set the dining room in a frenzy. People were jumping up from tables and running to aid of a woman who passed out in another section of the eatery. The last we heard, the woman suffered a massive heart attack.
She didn't make it.
This story is an incredibly tragic reminder of the fragility of life. Our prayers and condolences go out that woman's family, many of whom surrounded her in the restaurant that night.
That same night, I came home and found an interesting article in my inbox. It was all about the idea that our nature is more reactive than preventive. The author stresses that it's difficult for us to do something costly (either money or time) for a result that we will benefit from down the road whether that's tomorrow or twenty years from now.
As photographers, the article points out, my wife and I are in the prevention business. We capture moments, expressions, events that are just passing by. Sure, we all remember the big details of our wedding day or how much hair our first child had when he was born. It's the smaller details (the aunt from across the country that made a rare appearance, the dimples in baby's chubby legs) that we need to be reminded of once life returns to its usual breakneck speed.
Take stock in the blessings that surround you now. The funny faces and toothy grins your kids make. The butterflies you get when your special someone embraces you unexpectedly. Be thankful for those moments and do all you can to preserve them.
They won't last forever.
Thanks for reading.