Living in the moment

New Year’s Resolution, “Live in the moment!” This seems to be a common thing that people say, or an inspirational quote that you read on the wall somewhere or something someone says to you when you remember good times in the past. After travelling all this distance and seeing the places we have seen so far I feel like we should be doing this, but sometimes it is really hard to keep track of ‘being in the moment’. We are currently held up in Iruya, Argentina in an absolutely fascinating town, like something Indiana Jones would come to just before searching for the golden statue or something like that. It’s surrounded by cliffs and mountains, the streets are all made of stone, the houses of scrapped wood, mud, straw, and occasionally stone, the people are traditional and the drive to get here is hair-raising to say the least. Today I had the moment, ‘wow this is really amazing’. But honestly that feeling doesn’t come all that often even while we are doing or experiencing something amazing.

As we have been talking about we have a little bit of a hangover from Africa, we are still stuck on how amazing Africa was. But, even while we were there we noticed that there were many times that weren’t amazing. There were times we bartered for a papaya on the market, or took a dala dala which was in shambles, or even the Indian meal on one of our airplane rides (I admit it, I LIKE AIRPLANE FOOD!). All these things at the time seemed rather boring or nerve racking (dala dala ride). These experiences have made the trip, and while we think and remember the amazing view sometimes the most mundane things that we didn’t care about at the time have become our fondest memeories.

So sometimes we don’t capture the moment or live in the moment, but oh well. Life isn’t like a TV show, or a National Geographic, or phrases like “live in the moment”. So I guess my goal for 2015 is not to live in the moment, but to capture what I can in my journal and photos, and hope that when I look back at 2015 I can say it was a good year and not worry during 2015 about it being a good year. 

No ideas for a photo, but this little girl seems to be 'living in the moment' at the beach

No ideas for a photo, but this little girl seems to be 'living in the moment' at the beach