Moments in time…
One of the most important lessons I learned in my time as a paramedic was to appreciate the time you have been given. Many of the people who died never expected their day to turn out the way it did. What would they have done differently if they knew what was to come? What would they appreciate?
I often get caught up in a moment, appreciating the most trivial of things. Simple pleasures for simple minds, I guess. But every now and then you experience a moment that stands out in your memory. One that is rare or unique in some way. I think this is what photographers spend their entire career chasing. A moment in time like no other. Those times where the light filters through the trees just so or you happen to be in the right place at the right time for a unique experience.
One Of My Moments In Time…
I wanted to share one of my most memorable moments in time and it comes from my time working in Northern Alberta. We would often have to transfer patients between High Level and Ft. Vermillion and we would turn the patient over at the halfway point to minimize the time a town was without an ambulance. These transfers could happen at any time during the day or night. One benefit to being up at all hours of the day and night is that you get a chance to see events that those that are sleeping miss.
One night in the middle of the night, in the middle of winter we had to undertake one such transfer. It was such a clear beautiful night, which in the winter, in Northern Alberta, clear and beautiful means cold. The whole drive out and the time spent waiting for the other crew to show up with the patient was spent watching the most amazing Northern Lights that I have ever seen. From horizon to horizon, 360 degrees around, the sky glowed with dancing green lights. Pure silence and dancing lights. I have seen many Aurora Borealis in my life but not like this. This was magical and we stood in awe at mother nature’s beauty. I could have watched those lights for hours and not tired of the show but it was cold out and the patient eventually showed up and so it came to an end.
That moment, as well as many others, stuck with me for the rest of my life. I had the feeling that if my life were to end after seeing those lights that it would all be worth it. Of course, I want more lights and experiences but I had lived that moment to its fullest. That, I think, is the key to those moments. One day there won’t be any more of those moments so when they come along soak them in. Savour them like a fine wine or the perfect meal. Take them for the gift they truly are and enjoy the moment for what it is… perfect.
I’d love to hear about your moments if you feel like sharing in the comments section.