good life with alex fahey
Part of cultivating a good life means cherishing the small moments and squeezing all you can out of life.
Do you ever feel as if life is passing by so quickly that it’s hard to enjoy and experience everything that is going on? You may be able to slow down and take part in the big events — you know the birthdays, the holidays, the weekends — but the small moments get lost in all the commotion of life. If there is one thing I’ve learned in my short 28 years here on earth, it’s that life is always busy. We will always be busy. And for me, even if I’m not busy I can still find things to obsess over and fill my time so that I am unnecessarily busy. The key is knowing that life is busy and that’s just how it goes, but it shouldn’t stop us from enjoying life and soaking up the little moments.
And you know wha? That is not always easy. The little moments are easy to skim over, but they are just as important as the big ones. This lesson has become even more apparent to me ever since I gave birth to my first baby, Tetsuo. Time with a newborn flies by. In the midst of diaper changes and late night feedings, my baby grows every day. There are faces that he makes that I want to soak up and remember forever. There are moments when we are snuggling on the couch that I want to remember. And sometimes I grab my camera to capture and remember them and other times I try to simply soak it in, enjoy the moment, and live in the moment.
While on a family reunion in Hawaii, my sister-in-law and I were talking about pictures and our different approaches to them. My sister-in-law hardly ever takes pictures, and I am constantly on her case about sending some to us and giving us updates on her three little ones. I, on the other hand, take so many pictures sometimes I lose out on the moment behind the camera. The answer we came to during our discussion is to find a happy medium: enjoy the moment and sometimes pick up the camera to capture it.
Life is precious and a gift we were given to enjoy and soak up. I am not perfect. I constantly let the little moments pass by and become distracted, but I am working on living in the moment and cherishing both the small and big moments in my life. I try to remember to shut the laptop or put down the phone and simply live in the moment with my little family. And sometimes I just have to pick up the camera and capture the moment (like this adorable, if I do say so myself, picture of my little baby sleeping).
Alex Fahey is a member of our creative team using the digital product. She was born and raised in Kennesaw, Georgia, where she currently resides with her husband and baby.
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