Thoughts on a Summer Thursday

Summer Sunset

This summer is going by way too fast…as in, I’ve only been to the beach a handful of times and it’s almost the end of July…kind of fast. While I have no magical way to slow it down (if you do, please hook me up), I realized something the other night as I was driving home after my evening kickboxing class.

I wanted to see the sunset over the water, but didn’t want to wait the 20 minutes or so until the colors would be just right. So in my impatience, I continued on the dead end street — prepared to just see a blue sky and some clouds. But what I saw was even better. The sky was this beautiful shade of blue that was beginning to mix with a light pink. From the dock where I was standing, the sky could have been a painting.

It was in that moment that I realized some things you can’t plan. You just need to appreciate where you are, what’s in front of you, and the moment that you’re in. The sunset that I captured was one of the best I’ve seen. Not because it was rich and bold, but because it was unexpected and serene.

I’ve had it all wrong this summer. I’ve been trying to live every moment to the fullest, but perhaps I’ve overlooked the small moments that will also make memories. The iced cappuccino I randomly stopped for at my favorite cafe, the slightly cloudy beach day that culminated in rain, or the trip I’ll take out East this weekend that just popped up. Those spontaneous moments are the ones you remember forever.

Since none of us can slow time down, I challenge you to live for those random moments in your day. Say yes to a friend’s offer of dinner after work or go to the classical concert you just heard about in the park. Those unplanned moments remind you of what life is all about — and they will make time seem to stand still.

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