When is just living in a place not enough?
That was the question that I realized one evening when I was walking home from the office. I had lived in this city for almost 17 years and the initial thrill of moving to a new place had long since faded.
I can't help but think of T. S. Elliot's quote about returning to a place and knowing it for the first time. As my work has taken me to many places all over the world I am constantly struck by the things I have seen and experienced. Traveling has become a compulsion now to find more and new experiences so I can just feel. And when I return to my daily routine I feel lost and dull.
Then one night in September as I was walking back across Point Nuef to my home in the Left Bank I was struck enough by the moment to stop and take the phone from my pocket and snap a picture. When was the last time had I done that? Something in the moment made me realize that I could bring those experiences back home for me and see it again for the first time.