Nope. No outfit/fashion post today. Come back tomorrow. Today is different. Something that hit me. A long, hard hit.
Last night as I was driving home, I had a sky of fire above my head. It was one of the most breathtaking sunsets I have seen in awhile. You see, I live what most call the "city" life. I am surrounded by shopping centers, gas stations, headlights, traffic and highways. I don't have the opportunity to embrace nature, if you will. You know...sunsets like this, crickets chirping, fireflies flying or big bright stars that fill the night's sky.
Because nature's pure, raw beauty seldom crosses my path, I knew I had to pull over and get
a shot 15 shots of this view. After I snapped from every angle, I stood there. I stood in the rear of a CVS parking lot, with my car running, with the people hustling and bustling in and out of the store and watched it. I watched it change colors, grow darker and fade back into a typical evening sky.
As I was having my own little, private "moment" with Mother Nature, my oldest, Logan, was in the back seat, yelling, "Mom, can we go?" "Mom, are you ready?" "Mom, please hurry, I want to go home." Yes, I asked her to get out of the car on numerous occasions to take a peak at this view; to get out of the car and watch the sky change shapes, colors and personality. She could care no less or no more about some sunset. I mean, I get it. She is seven years old. I probably didn't give two shits about a sunset at her age either. I remember my dad doing the same thing to me. I can hear him now...his ooohs and ahhs. Maybe as I get older, I am taking after him. Learning to take in "life's moments". Take in the little things that we take for granted every single day. To put a halt to all the hustle and bustle for a few minutes and breathe in the "world" around me. The "real" world. The world that God has given us all.
I think "life" gets the best of us. Most of us are constantly running from one place to another, answering emails/texts from our phones, checking our calendars, figuring out what is next on the day's agenda...to say it frankly, running around like chickens with our heads cut off. Or even worse, living life like robots. Get up, get dressed, go to work, eat dinner, shower, go to bed...repeat. At times...numerous times...I am living like this. Every.single.day. And I feel like I might be teaching my own children these ways of "life". It's just not right.
I totally get it. We are all busy. We all have bills to pay. We all have responsibilities. And of course stress! Life can't be about chasing rainbows and skipping through fields of daisies 100% of the time, BUT, every day, there is an opportunity to embrace life's beauties. I think that is the part we tend to leave out.
So, if you get anything from this ramble today, or if you are even still with me, I just hope that after reading, you will take a few times during your hectic week and be still. Be still long enough to wrap your arms around something that takes your breath away for just one moment. Escape the hustle and bustle and remember what life's precious and beautiful moments truly are.
This post is dedicated to an admirable man who lost his battle with cancer this week. He touched so many lives with his heart, his laughter and his love. Sonny Hildebrand, you will be missed. We will all see you again one day at the gates of Heaven. Rest in peace. You fought hard.
P.S. I will be traveling this afternoon and tomorrow. A dear person in my life lost his battle with cancer and I will be spending time with family celebrating his life. I apologize if I do not respond to comments/emails while I am away.