I was thinking of just leaving this in my digital journal on my laptop. I know it isn’t about photography or travel or whatever it is I normally post on here, but I just thought that this would be worth sharing.
Earlier tonight, I had a post-birthday celebration here at home. Nothing big and fancy, just family and close friends. As the night went on, all who were left here were myself, Kiks, Andrew, Tricia, and RG. We spent a good few hours just talking the night away about anything and everything until eventually, everyone decided it was time to go home, at around 1:30 in the morning.
We stood out on the street outside my house, still talking and standing around, and admiring the beautiful night sky studded with stars. Suddenly, a big, bright, beautiful star shot across the sky! It looked like a streak from a firecracker. It was a lot longer than the other shooting stars that I’ve rarely encountered in the past. (I feel like it was a comet!)
It was a beautiful moment. I can’t remember the last time I saw a shooting star, but I’m quite sure it wasn’t as beautiful as this one. It was nicely followed by a firefly, blinking on and off around the patch of sky where we saw the shooting star.
After everybody expressed amazement from the brief events of the evening, we made our wishes, and everybody piled into their cars to go home. As I walked back into my house, I thought about moments like those.
There are certain moments in life that are so simple and yet so beautiful, just like tonight, that you can never capture with a camera. I have been so obsessed with documenting moments in my life, even the most mundane ones, hiding behind my camera for about 80% of the time waiting for the right moment to capture them.
We oftentimes are so fixated with capturing those moments that we sometimes forget to just sit back and admire the beauty of life. The events of tonight made me think of all the shooting stars and fireflies that we failed to witness because we have been so busy with the other things in our life. Tonight, the sky suddenly couldn’t be any clearer and any more beautiful the more I looked at it.
Tonight was especially wonderful, because the moment was shared with great friends. The evening ended on a very good note. I consider myself lucky for so many reasons.
We have to slow down a little. Stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Or in this case, take the time to look up at the stars.