February 2, 2012

where we've already been.

It's tempting to always look toward the bridges, either the Golden Gate or the Bay Bridge. Wherever I'm standing, I find my eyes drawn toward the water and then toward the nearest bridge. On Sunday, Radley and I walked to the base of the Golden Gate—an angle I'd never seen before—and I was more or less in awe. Seeing its red reflection on the sand, hearing the waves crash against the rocks, I couldn't help but feel small. Small, in the best of ways, and also lifted—buoyed by its magnitude.

And then I turned around.

That view, the one looking away from the bridge, is spectacular. The rolling hills of the city lined with white houses and light-colored buildings, the wide stretch of water dotted with sailboats, the faint outline of the Bay Bridge in the distance—it's stunning, really. 

Incredible, and yet so often missed. 

Most of us are always so focused on the bridge, that beautiful, far-off bridge, that we fail to catch the gorgeous landscape behind us. We fail to look behind us and acknowledge where we've come from, where we've already been. And I know it's an obvious metaphor, I know it's a bit exaggerated, but I think there's something to be said for turning back every once in a while. Yes, it's good to move forward and, yes, it's good to have a focus. But just a quick glance over your shoulder—a quick scan of what follows in your wake—can sometimes be just as beautiful as what lies ahead.

(Photos: My Flickr)

10 comments:

citythoughts said... [Reply to comment]

I'm considering a move from Chicago to SF and all your pictures make me want to more and more!

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

I needed to hear this. Thank you :)

aislin said... [Reply to comment]

Perfectly said. You do need to know where you've been, and be able to see how far you've come, to keep moving forward. The only way to do that is to look back every once in a while.
aislin
http://scribblesbya.blogspot.com/

ashleigh said... [Reply to comment]

i am probably coming to san francisco this summer; and ill have to let you know when =]

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@ashleigh Yes, please do! :)

eka said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful pictures! What type of camera do you use?

Ruxandra said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous photos aside, I think you're right; we should take a glimpse of what we've left behind once in a while.

I do, I do. said... [Reply to comment]

Such views always are eye-pleasing!! Make you wanna grab a hold of time, stop it and never let go of the beauty in front!

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L !!

Puput said... [Reply to comment]

you took the pics so well, so...gorgeous :)

Sweet said... [Reply to comment]

Laura,

I visited SF this weekend simply because the sun was out and I knew the bridge and beach would be so beautiful w/o the fog...im gonna write about it this week..you know what? i was expecting to see you some where when i was there..in the Warming Hut, perhaps? heehee.. oh, dont you just feel how blessed we are to live in the bay area!!?? =)

lots of giggles,
Sweet