Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Rat Race & Memories

Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park
Originally uploaded by tstadler

We arrived in Edinburgh, Scotland late in the afternoon. Tired from jet lag, but still wide-eyed because we were visiting a different country, we unpacked at the dorm rooms we were staying in at the First at the University of Edinburgh. In the distance my two friends and I could see King Arthur's Seat. We decided we'd make an attempt at climbing it before it sunset.

Once at the top we could see the old city on one side and the bay on the other. The sun was slowly fading behind the city as the three of us sat down and just silently looked on. I cannot explain in words the visual scene of that first evening in Scotland, but it's firmly embedded in my memory.

That event occurred nearly 11 years ago. We spent 9 days traveling all over Scotland and England. We saw and experienced many things. Yet, when I think of that trip the memory bank always goes back to that first, quiet evening there.

Often your best memories in life are not the most hyped up or drama filled moments. They probably won't involve that all important project you're striving to finish before deadline. It's those moments where you just sit down and silently watch the sunset or sunrise. It's those moments where nothing else really matters that we take away some of our best memories. It's those moments where you are unplugged and breathing. That is all.

If you're so caught up with the rat race you can't seem to find time to breathe, then maybe it's time to take a moment and do something you'll actually remember 11, 15, or 20 years from now.

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat." ~ Lily Tomlin

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