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I’m constantly reminded that life is fleeting.  The older I get, the faster time goes by, and the stronger my slippery grasp upon it becomes, milking every ounce of excitement, adventure, experiences, and love that I can.  We live in a crazy world, and I simply never know if I’ll have another opportunity to photograph Landscape Arch standing, witness a total solar eclipse, or spend a day with my beautiful kitty.  Time goes by so quickly – impermanent as a colorful sunrise – and I want to make sure it’s well spent.

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More than death, I fear regret.  What kind of person could I be today if only I had taken advantage of that opportunity X years ago?  Fortunately, I can usually mitigate the latter while I have no control over the former.  This is why I leap at the chance for adventure and why I love exploring new experiences.  I want to do it all before my time here is through; like One Republic sings, “I swear I lived” – every single day.

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I have found this attitude to be self-sustaining.  The more I embrace life, the more I get out of it, the more enriched I feel, the happier I am with my life, the more I wish to embrace it.  I don’t have time for anger or negativity, grudges or depression; I’m too busy photographing all the wonderful and beautiful things this world has to offer.

Now, I’ll admit, that kind of lifestyle can be exhausting at times.  The faster I live, the faster I’ll die, right?  I’m not sure I quite buy into that.  After all, there’s reason to believe happier people live longer.  And as long as I work in some calming yoga, I can stave off the worst of the stress of doing too much.

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I doubt I’ll slow down anytime soon, but I love my life, just as it is.  And though it’s as transient as a sunrise, I’ll do everything in my power to ensure it’s just as beautiful.

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  1. Gorgeous photos. I was talking with my husband about this recently, about how we need more “life” in our lives. We have two small children, so our adventures won’t be as grand in this season, but we hope to add in more “moments.” A sunset stroll, a bonfire, a spontaneous beach trip… and, yes, yoga LOL! Thank you for the inspiring post.

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