one late summer evening on King Street (Alexandria Portrait Photographer}

I packed up my backpack, turned off all the lights, and locked the door to head home.  I stepped out into the quiet bustle of an evening in Old Town.  Couples were walking their dogs down the sidewalk past patio tables of friends winding down with a glass of wine and after a long day of work.

The street lights had just turned on and the sky was a light indigo, quickly darkening into the black of night. I made my way down King street, passing one small shop after another, and peeking through the windows into the warmly lit restaurants to see half empty rooms with tables of two and three enjoying a quiet meal. I drew in a deep breath of cool air that smelled almost like fall and sighed, releasing the stress of the day behind me.  I stepped off the escalator into the open air and took one last look in the direction of Old Town before boarding the next train. And I couldn’t help but feel blessed.  So immensely blessed.  It’s so easy to get lost in the busyness and day-to-day stresses of a never-ending to-do list, instead of living in the present and seizing every moment.

This is just one of many seasons of life, and I don’t want to forget the beautify and the blessings of right now.

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