Have you ever believed that if you want something badly enough, some force will get you what you want? Sometimes, I feel that way. And when it happens– when the world comes together just so— it’s just wonderful. The music plays; the stars align.
“Life is beautiful,” my mother would say.
I took this photo a few weeks ago in the Mission district of San Francisco. It was taken spontaneously. A stand alone shot, captured in a moment of inspiration. “Occupy Waltz St.” Cute moniker. But, to be honest, I don’t even remember what they were playing. My friend and I had spent the afternoon eating, talking, drinking. Celebrating.
Earlier that day, I received a job offer for a position I had spent the prior 5 months interviewing and preparing for. It had been a stressful time. But I got to know the baristas at my local coffee shop pretty well. I wanted this job. Badly. Two phone interviews, two day-long interviews, months of preparation, and one presentation later, I got a phone call while I was sitting on the hill of Dolores Park.
I got the job!
I called my parents. I called my boyfriend. I texted my brothers. Success!
This is cause for celebration, my friend said. Indeed. Plus, she was on spring break from med school, and I had no where else to be. We wandered from Dolores Park through the Mission, finding a bar and sitting down for a drink.
Over a couple of beers, we sat and watched an afternoon blossom into evening and a farmers market slowly unfold. Music played. Children scampered. I shot some photos.
The streak of light running through the film is a reflection of the changes that occurred in my life. The distorted colors are due to ISO 1600 enduring the stressors of an airport X-ray scan twice. Stressors caused my personal and professional lives to twist and distort and throw me through a loop. It might not be the most elegant way to get to where I wanted to be, but, like the resulting photo above, my life is all the more beautiful because of it.