The hustle and bustle. The daily grind. Shuffling here and there. We all do it and it never feels like we have any substantial free time to do what we enjoy. It has become the necessary evil that gets us through life. Yet, hopefully, we have people in this life for whom we do those things. Whether it is working to support the family even though you have a cold and don’t feel well, or taking your daughter to dance class on a cold and rainy evening, it is important. Tomorrow, we will get up and do it all over again, but what happens to today? Will you remember that flash of excitement in your little girls eyes when she runs into the dance studio? It happens most days, so what makes today so special? How about when you last stopped by your parents house and they were so happy that they got to see you and give you that big hug? You’ll be back soon and hug them again.
Tomorrow you wake up and today is gone.
Now it’s ‘remember when’? I am fortunate to have some really good memories, but ‘remembering when’ gets more difficult as time goes by. I was going through a box of old photos the other day and was reminded of many of those memories I had forgotten while I was so busy with my ‘daily grind’. I found pictures from my childhood, with my parents, or them with their parents. It was amazing how much emotion was contained on those old prints. Some I laughed at and some I wanted to cry. It was just a couple of weeks ago that my dad and I were talking about the time I helped him build a covered patio on our old house. I was probably 5 or 6 years old at the time, but when I found a picture of him and I standing together on the roof, I could feel it. I had my little tool belt on and a hammer in my hand, just proud to be doing important work, with him. Then a picture of my sister and I with our Micheal Jackson jackets on. You know, the red ones from the ‘Beat It’ video with all the zippers? We were really cool with those jackets. That’s definitely one I’m showing her two kids one day, although I’ll also have to find the music video so they know why we had those jackets!
I preach to clients how important the milestones in life are and how you need to capture them. Here I was looking at the proof of why I say that and why it is so important. It also hit me that I was so busy with my ‘daily grind’ that I haven’t made sure to keep as many pictures of my own loved ones recently, so I am going to work on doing a better job of that. I want to make sure that someday my kids have those pictures of my fiance and I, of my parents, and of my sister and her family the way we are today. I want to tell those stories so that they can tell those stories.
It’s easy for me to be caught up in the daily grind of work (my engineering day job), and trying to build a business from my photography (my after hours job and passion). However, at the end of the day, I get the satisfaction of knowing I helped others with their ‘remember when’. I created something that they will cherish for years to come. It was more than a piece of paper with some ink on it and one day their kids will cherish it also. Before they know it, today has ended and tomorrow will begin. My secret gift to them was a little bit of forever. Best job ever.