My husband and I just spent three weeks in Europe celebrating our wedding anniversary. It was the longest trip we’d ever taken, and we visited cities neither of us had ever been to before.
Several times throughout our trip we would ask each other, “How do you explain this to people? This moment in time?” Both of us had high hopes for documenting our trip through writing.
And we did, at first.
But we soon realized many of our experiences – even just a small moment in time – couldn’t be explained in words. It needed to be experienced wholly, and that’s not something that can ever be rightfully documented.
As I began thinking about these amazing, breathtaking, carefree moments, I realized I have them in my everyday life, too. They may not come to me every single day – let’s face it, some days are more mundane than others. But they do happen when you least expect them. A glimpse of beauty in an unexpected moment. A fleeting, carefree straight-from-the-belly laughter that can only happen right here, right now.
As much as I try to document those little moments we get lost in time, I know I’ll never be able to give the feeling I have…in that moment…to a reader or viewer. An essay full of descriptors, a snapshot, or a painting will never do it justice.
But I’ll continue to try. Because those are the moments that make us who we are. The moments that fill every pore of our creative being.