A little over two years ago I started taking pictures on my walks to work through the streets of Chicago. There was something peaceful & mysterious about the city, before it really woke up for the day. As I looked around me (mostly above me), I had so much to say, and yet nothing to say at the same time. So I settled on the words "Good Morning", letting the pics say the rest of whatever needed to be said.
I began sharing these online & soon began receiving a lot of positive feedback. People enjoyed seeing these moments when they were getting started for their days too. Soon, I began "Good Evening" posts as well. These posts continued once I relocated to Boulder, Colorado a year ago.
I've often thought about why I do this. Why I continue to take these pictures and share them online. Then I came across this quote (paraphrased a bit) from Douglas Coupland's Life After God:
"Every day each of us experiences a few little moments that have just a bit more resonance than other moments...if we were to collect these small moments and save them over a period of months we would see certain trends emerge from our collection—certain voices would emerge that have been trying to speak through us...maybe it is these small silent moments which are the true story-making events of our lives."
I have a collection of moments. My Instagram feed, Twitter feed, Facebook feed. These are collections of small moments that I felt were worth sharing, even if that sharing was just for myself to look at someday later. As Douglas noted, I have seen trends emerge. I've shared a lot of good drinks, a lot of good laughs, and a lot of good times with a lot of incredible people (and, um...looking at the feed now, it looks like I should emphasize a lot of drinks). Another trend that has emerged is a deep appreciation for the state of Colorado, where I currently have the pleasure of residing.
Someone recently described my love for Colorado as "nauseating". This bothered me at first. When I talk glowingly about Colorado, I'm not trying to rub it in any faces or claim that my state and my life are of a superior quality (unless of course you live in Kansas, cause let's be honest, Kansas sucks). I quickly moved past my concern, however.
I know in my heart that when I share pictures of beautiful sunsets over the Flatirons, I'm not saying "haha, look at how awesome my life is" I'm saying "here's a moment of beauty for the day, we can all appreciate." Because let's face it, we all see enough ugliness every day (some days like yesterday see way too much of it), let's focus on what's beautiful. That's all I'm doing.
Furthermore, when you've spent as much time as I have in my life wanting to be "somewhere else", you experience a deep attachment to the only place that's made you want to be "here".
Watching the first 2:30 of this breathtaking video below, I'm so grateful for where I wake up every day. I'm grateful I have constant reminders of why my mornings are "Good."