I just finished driving up route 1 with the family and it was BEAUTIFUL. Every few minutes there seemed to be a vista to stop and take in the views. Vistas a few minutes apart weren't even enough. It was wondrous and so beautiful...and so easy to appreciate on vacation. That last part is kind of sad.
I wrote this almost a decade ago. It was when Zahra and I first moved to Bangkok. We visited a bunch of the sites and there was one memory that so vividly returned as we drove along the coast.
We saw a flower market. It was beautiful just like this drive was beautiful. There were thousands upon thousand of flowers and all different colors. The flowers were overflowing and there were so many petals that some fell in the gutter and were floating to the sewer.
The market was bustling and people were going from here to there doing their work. They seemingly had become immune to this explosion of color and beauty. I also vividly remember how I felt. I had my new camera and resolved then to not stop noticing and trying to capture the wonder around me.
A LOT of great stuff has happened for me this last decade; most of the stuff wasn't on vacation. I re-resolve to have my proverbial camera ready (and my phone camera) to capture the memories and beauty right in front of me everyday.