I go back to work today. I have not been at work since October 31st.
This photo was taken our last day in Barcelona. One last meal of tapas. One last beer. One last espresso. One last moment at an outdoor cafe, people watching and just enjoying the quiet company of each other.
There is a lot from this vacation I want to keep with me. I will forget the exhaustion, the sleeplessness, the head colds we both had. I will remember this: the feeling of peace, of happiness, of complete enjoyment of a single moment without letting negative stuff intrude upon it - something I have such a hard time achieving.
I will remember the romance of this trip, the way we really celebrated not only our six years together, but celebrated each other as well, our lives, our accomplishments, the fact that seven years ago, before we met, neither of would have imagined we’d be sitting at a cafe in Barcelona sharing a moment of utter happiness with a partner in every sense of the word.
I will remember the feeling that everything is ok, everything is good, the future looks wonderful and the present is an amazing place to be. I will remember the peace.
And I will take that all with me to work today, to my routine, to the mundane tasks of life that are now just necessary minutes between extraordinary moments.
If I have learned anything in the past year, which has been both tumultuous and enlightening, it’s how to process life. And how to enjoy it.
And so a photo of olives and beer becomes a signifier, a captured emotion, a reminder to breathe in, breathe out, it’s all good.