written (and photographed) by Kelsey May
August 13th, 2017
I’m learning to take life more slowly, to relax and sip each afternoon like a gin and tonic.
Memory is a funny thing, how it sharpens with retelling but sours without reflection. We post photos on social media on a daily basis, but do we allow ourselves to reflect and remember those moments that weren’t captured on camera? Do we remember to be glad? To be grateful?
I’m living with anxiety. I’m living in a rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood. I’m living with so many goals that haven’t been achieved yet. I’m living with a B.A. but no full time job. Through all these obstacles, I’m still living.
I practice yoga and hike. I try to follow through when I make plans. I forgive myself for my mess-ups, for wasting food, for being late.
I smile every day. I hug my husband. I cultivate gratitude and write to positively impact my community, this country, this world. I remember – when I can – that time is precious, and I try to trace the outline of my minutes with intention.
First portrait photo credit: Jamie Anderson
Second portrait photo credit: Bob Fraser