When he got it for me, I admit to not being immediately sold. I thought that it was a nice idea but it was a little expensive and it seemed tech-y (is that a word?) but his heart was set on it so I did not argue. Now I catch myself losing time standing mesmerized in front of it. They always say that one see their life flash before their eyes in near-death experiences -- I now have an idea of what that might look like.
The photographer Berenice Abbott said:
Some people are still unaware that reality contains unparalleled beauties. The fantastic and unexpected, the ever-changing and renewing is nowhere so exemplified as in real life itself.
I see that. In watching shot after shot of my real life, I see that. The pictures aren't all perfect. Some are a little out of focus. I am not always having good hair days. My children are pouting in a few. In other words, they are real. In the truest sense of the now terribly abused word. My family and I are not airbrushed and camera perfect as seen on E! and Style and the other presenters of supposed reality. Life is messy but that's what makes it beautiful. This simple gift has opened my eyes to my unparalleled beauties.
Take a moment and look around you. Where do your beauties lie?