A Better Escape Than Sleep
So I've been having a real bummer of a week.
Actually, that's an understatement, but I think I realized something wonderful today. When I think back on all that I've been through and the ways I have handled things, it seems to me as if God has blessed me with a joyful heart. I mean a truly, happy heart. I may not always have a smile on my face, but I don't stay upset about my situations for long no matter unrealistically shoddy they may be.
I think I've been doing pretty good at work this week, but in other areas of my life I haven't really been taking proper care of myself. I spent what energy I had giving my hotel guests excellent experiences, but outside of work my energy is sapped by other things and I haven't had a chance to do any of the necessary things. My room hasn't been cleaned in two weeks, my bags from the Neskowin trip are still littered on the floor, I have empty water glasses all over my room, I don't have a scrap of food to eat, my face hasn't been shaved in a week, my car has used dress shirts tossed all over it, and my trash is starting to smell.
It was getting bad, so before work today I forced myself to replace the laundry in my car with my camera bag. I told myself I had to go out shooting after I got off work at 11pm.
I don't often do this, but I forgot just how much fun is it to wander the streets of Portland really late at night. The city lights cast a glow on the clouds and everything is just bright enough it gives the appearance of an early-evening sky. What I also thought was terrific was the steel bridge had raised the bottom platform for the night. The train tracks stretched all the way down the waterfront - and then ceased to exist - right there in the middle of that bridge.
It was really a good mood lifter. I went home happy with a couple of the shots I got, and even though it was 4am I set to work cleaning my room. The next day, I took my trash out even got food.
My situation hasn't gotten any better, but my mood sure has. I hope you like at least one of the shots.