Embracing the Opportunity

I have a confession to make: I’m a bit of a perfectionist. (Okay, maybe my family will tell you I’m more than a bit)…and the story behind this picture has taught me a valuable lesson that has changed the way I look at things.

First of all, I LOVE this picture! It captures the essence of a very special day for me and my granddaughter. We were just lying on the sand facing each other, having a wonderful conversation about how much we both enjoyed the beach. She was telling me her reasons why she loved spending time with her mom, great Aunt Kathy, and me, on these yearly Girl Trips to the Oregon coast. Every time I see this picture, it warms my heart and I remember that special day.

And this picture was very close to not being in existence.

Why? Because I didn’t have my Nikon DSLR with me. All I had was the low quality camera inside my older model phone. It wasn’t going to be ‘good enough’ so I was going to let the moment pass. I silently berated myself for leaving my camera bag in the car and my phone in my pocket… and then suddenly before I knew what was happening, my phone was in my hand and I snapped this picture.

And I am ever so glad that I did!

I could spend time telling you all the reasons why this picture isn’t ‘photographically good’, but I’m not going to do that because it doesn’t matter. The feelings that this picture invokes is what makes it so special and because of that, I’ve decided a few things:

1. I’m not going to wait until my backyard is perfect to have my talented daughter from Wild Wonders come and do a special animal education program for all my wonderful neighbors and the children in their lives. It will be a great day even if the retaining wall isn’t finished.

2. I’m not going to wait until my bathroom gets remodeled before I invite my friends over for dinner. They don’t care. It’s not my bathroom they came to see.

3. The next time I get a call needing help, I’m not going to delay my arrival because I’ve taken time (no matter how brief) to put on makeup. In a stressful situation, makeup doesn’t add a single important thing. It’s me they need.

I’ve missed too much waiting for the stars to align and circumstances to be ideal. Time moves too quickly these days and I’ve decided to fill my life with great memories of shared experiences with the people I love…before they’re gone.