Days! I've had 16245 of them. Some I can remember with clarity whilst some blend in to a meaningless mist. Some I want to remember forever, some I'd give anything to forget. Some race past like an F1 car and some crawl past like a pot smoking tortoise. They have the same parts and everyone gets the same length to do what they will with. 24 hours to do your best.
It wasn't a 12:00-12:00 day but a 24 hour period from about 730pm Saturday to 730pm Sunday that will be a photographing memory and a reminder to seize the moment. I was heading to dinner with friends when I noticed the lights on the fishing boats that weigh anchor in Apia Harbour. The tide was in and the lights reflected all the way to the harbour wall. I immediately turned the car around and headed home to get my gear. I waited till a break in dinner to excuse myself and, after fending off a drunk local, took my shots.
A few hours later I returned to my tropical island cottage. The moon was on the wain and the stars were showing. Not the full display of the Milky Way I am chasing but ok. In the foreground a palm tree or two provided just the prop I needed for an interesting photo. Long exposure shots aren't normally exciting, but the setting added to a great evening.
The next day I did exactly what I set out to do...as little as possible. My job is usually 10-12hours a day so when I have time to do nothing, I do nothing. And no one nothings better than me. But around 5 I noticed the sky was clearing with some pretty good cloud formations. I hadn't even tried to get a sunset in Samoa so I ducked across the island (it's only about 40km across) to a beach club I visit occasionally. After a quick coconut I headed out to the beach, out onto a sand bar and began shooting along the beach to the west.
I wanna say something about making every day count or seize the day or something motivational. But sometimes the day...or 24 hour period...comes to you. Don't sabotage it or think you don't deserve it. Just accept its good graces and enjoy it while it happens. It might be a while till you get another one.