Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This photo I took in Lima Peru in January 2010 reminds me of this lesson everytime I look at it. I just happened to be in Lima the very day the city was celebrating its 475th anniversary. It was completely unplanned. I had no idea when I planned the vacation that I would be there on a special day. I was in my hotel and heard loud drums and music outside the window. I walked out of my hotel and followed the noise to Plaza de Armas just a couple of blocks away. When I arrived in the plaza I saw a huge parade full of colorful costumes, musicians, religious floats, and huge masses of people on the street. I immediately started to take pictures of the scene. I was trying to capture the feeling of the day with just the right photos and became frustrated because there was so much going on that I could not make up my mind where to plan the best photos. Finally I turned around and snapped a quick photo. Completely unplanned and unedited I came up with this photo. I could have stood in that crowd for hours planning and hoping for the best photograph. Instead I accidently snapped a photo without any thought or plan. I could have missed the moment had I overthought or overplanned.
There are too many wonderful moments in life to chance missing them by wasting the moment worrying about tomorrow. I need to print that statement out and post it over my monitor so I can read it each morning.