Lens-Artists Challenge #99 – Old and New
“You haven’t been bit ’til a dragon does it.”
Well, Ms. Pierce seems to have seen the future with her quote – who knew how good life was before COVID-19 bit us?! Haven’t we all learned to better appreciate the little things we now miss? A walk in the sunshine without worrying about masks and social distancing…a friend’s hug or kiss…spending time with grandparents or grandchildren….fully-stocked grocery shelves…a movie or a concert…the list goes on.
“Are you in a desert? Then be a camel! Be compatible with the reality!”
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Then again, Mr Ildan encourages us to find the best ways to live within the confines of our current situation. Most all of us have learned to Zoom or House Party with friends and family. Our local photography club has found that many very well-known photographers are available to give zoom presentations and classes since they are no longer leading tours. My friends and I have found an online Mah Jongg application which we play together, communicating online via House Party at the same time. Fortunately our spring weather has been beautiful and our golf courses and running/bike paths are open which means fresh air, socializing (6′ apart of course) and exercise.
“In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
One side benefit of the pandemic fulfills Mr. Tolstoy’s command – I suspect many have learned to appreciate the simple things which may have been missed by focus on work. Staying home with family, taking time to appreciate the small things could be a benefit for those who may have lost sight of them. The importance of our loved ones becomes much more obvious to us when we are threatened with losing them. We have learned to recognize that every day is a gift not a given.
“One day at a time. Just keep trying. Keep believing.”
Sadly, nothing quite takes the place of traveling and exploring the world. Many of us have had adventures cancelled or at least postponed. Nostalgic visits to journeys past, such as those in this week’s post, are but a reminder of the joys of experiencing other places and cultures. They are also a reminder to appreciate the travels we’ve had thus far. Unfortunately, seeing the world may be an entirely different thing for the foreseeable future.
“The greatest skill is the ability to persevere.”
So let us take a moment to savor life in whatever form and remember, this too shall pass. As Amy’s challenge reminds us, there is a charm and beauty to things from days gone by, but life goes on and the new world soon becomes the norm. Hopefully we shall all be the better for having lived (and learned) in challenging times.
I enjoyed perusing my archives for mixed old/new images and send thanks to Amy for her creative challenge. To our followers, our thanks for last week’s beautifully delicate colors. We look forward to seeing how you approach Amy’s Old and New challenge. Be sure to use the Lens-Artists Tag and to link your response to her original post here. We hope to see you again next week as our 100th challenge (YIKES) posts right here on Travels and Trifles. Until then, be well and stay safe.