Last January I bought myself this wonderful used Nikon camera. I was ecstatic and planned to capture my travels, considering I would be gone nearly half the year.
From January to March my camera sat on the shelf gathering dust. I looked at it everyday on top of a stack of books and wondered when I would take it out to capture something beautiful…but I couldn't think of anything worthy of lugging my camera around for-- so I let it sit.
In March, I whipped it out for a week long trip to Honduras. I came home with my heart and memory card completely full.
But of course, I jumped back into a heavy load of classes, work and responsibilities [nothing worth photographing] so my camera went back to its dusty bookshelf home until I left again for the summer. There it got its workout again.
As my heart swelled with joy, thankfulness, awe and amazement, my camera was there to capture every moment.
Now, here I am in Costa Rica. I’m visiting places I thought only existed on Pinterest,
I am surrounded by delicious food and tropical fruits.
I am living in a slightly less tropical big city that has some unique hidden beauty of its own.
But life here is mundane and my camera has found a new home on top of my suitcase in my apartment.
Because the reality is, mundaneness is everywhere and beauty is only visible to the ones who open their eyes.
Finding beauty in the mundane is just about as hard is finding beauty in the isles of Walmart.
Sometimes beauty its boring and insignificant, but I’m learning that beauty overflows from a heart of thankfulness.
We don’t choose where life takes us.
We don’t choose which days are sunny and which ones are filled with rain.
We don't choose the things that stress us out or that fill us with joy.
They are spontaneous and frustrating and annoying, but just beneath them is where the beauty hides.
As life gets mundane, I am making a choice to take more pictures. More than that, to take in life and remember to thank the one who made it all. To slow down and soak in the grace and joy and beauty hidden beneath every frustration and every rainy day.