Unlike my previous postings around the world, Beijing is proving to be all work, not much adventure. Photo opportunities have been difficult. The job is Monday to late Saturday and we return to work at a meeting on Sunday night. So if...make that IF...an opportunity comes up it’s basically a hit and run job. The classic Beijing images around Tienamin Square, the Great Wall, Forbidden City and so on just aren’t presenting themselves thus far.
But a road trip took me past a section of one of the rivers that was worth a try. There was a right angle in the man made river with what looked like an old watch house sitting high and proud on the corner. The water looked like it was pretty still and I was pretty sure I saw lights dotted around the building.
I took the infamous yet incredibly frequent Beijing Subway as close as I could to the spot I still don’t know the name of. The sun was still a little high in the air but the water was sitting nicely in the corner of the canal. I took a few photos and waited for the sun to go down and the lights to kick in.
As I waited I again thought about the journey that took me to Beijing. I’m really not sure I made the right move but I am here for now. I thought about how I could escape, how I could make it work, how would I cope with not seeing family, my health being effected by the pollution, difficulty with the language...and then the lights came on. Instantly I was in the moment again, trying to get the best pic I could. Everything faded away and I got on with the reason I was there.
When I finished, I knew moments like those were crucial. We can let our brains run away with us sometimes when we are in an uncomfortable situation. Getting it back in the moment is crucial for your mental health. Thankfully I have a pass time that gives me just that.