(Bautista, Personal Photograph, Great Wall Mutianyu, China, August 18, 2013)
A year ago today, August 18, I was walking the Great Wall of China, the Mutianyu section and revelling in my lone steps.
I remember it was scorchingly sunny. I was wearing my brown baseball cap with the Mustang logo across the front- the same one covering my artistic noggin as I write this.
I remember trying to walk the wall aware of the experience yet frantically trying to capture the moment.
My cellphone battery was barely powered enough to take photos, but I managed.
And that’s it I believe.
No matter the discomfort or the frenetics of a moment, if you remain aware, the moment deeply embeds itself so that upon its recall, you remember the authenticity of your actions.
Changes are coming, I feel them. Some of them life changing.
But today, at this moment, I am managing my thoughts. Being aware feels calming.