“Good morning,” he said, smiling, nodding. “Nice day.”
He’s the captain of one of the lobster boats at the town landing one town over. The place I go to take photos almost every day. He’s there, too, getting his lobster boat ready to go out. No matter the weather he goes out—everyday I’m there anyway—yesterday I took a photo of his boat heading out in thick fog.
Today was different. It was bright and sparkling, there was a freshening breeze, and the pea soup from yesterday was…well…a thing of yesterday. I was sitting on a low concrete retaining wall, basking in the sun and taking photos.
After he greeted me—the first time we’ve talked except when I’ve asked him if it was okay to take photos of his boat—I greeted him back. “Good morning. Really nice! I’m just enjoying the warmth…knowing what’s coming.”
He looked like he wasn’t sure what I meant. Did I mean I thought the fog was coming back? Another storm?
I meant winter.
“Wint—” I started.
He cut me off before I could finish. “You don’t want to do that. Just today. That’s what we have. Just enjoy today.”
I thanked him, we shared a smile, a moment, and he continued on his way to the dock.
It stayed with me, his advice. I tend to be one of those people who wants to know…everything. To not leave anything up to chance. It makes me a little nervous. It’s gotten easier (as I’ve gotten older) to relax into enjoying, just enjoying the day, the sun on my face. And my solo cross-country trip last summer helped me move in the right direction—toward living in the moment—but I needed to hear it this morning.
I’ve got a long to-do list today. It felt like too much this morning before I talked to the boat captain—who I’m sure has just as long or longer a list—but now it feels doable. More enjoyable anyway.
And I may just make a second trip to the water’s edge… and not just today.
What about you? Are you like me? Often getting ready for something instead of just enjoying the day? Or are you better at just enjoying today?