A couple of weeks now I've been home from my travels in the Southern Ocean, and I finally shook off some light depression that seems to accompany returning to life and work after being somewhere completely wild and untamed. Talk about finding perspective. In that spirit, I dove into photos from the Antarctic leg of my trip today. A couple of raw files in, I happened upon the photo accompanying this post. It made me feel like I could burst. And it brought a quote from the movie American Beauty -- which I don't know all that well -- directly into my mind.
"...It's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about ... But don't worry... you will someday."
-- Lester Burnham, American Beauty