For weeks I heard about this “once in a lifetime experience.” The eclipse on August 21 was an event not to be missed.
So I asked several people where the best spot was to view this amazing phenomenon, and this is what I heard:
You won’t be able to see it because of the clouds
If you travel, the hotel rooms are outrageously expensive
The whole thing will only last two minutes, so why bother
I started to doubt if it was worth all the trouble. And as I allowed everyone else’s “stuff” to get in my way, I started falling into the trap of doing nothing. After all, it was easier!
Then my husband mentioned that Bascom Hill on the University of Wisconsin campus might be a good place to view the eclipse. After all, they had an observatory there and it might be an interesting spot. So at the last minute, I thought: “What the heck?” And off I went.
And what a sight to behold!!!
There were so many people all gathered together for the same reason, sharing the same interest. People I didn’t even know graciously handed me their special glasses so I could get a peek at the eclipse, and others were anxious to share their knowledge and stories of other eclipses they had seen in the past. Everyone was unified, smiling, laughing and enjoying a common experience.
What a disappointment it would have been to have missed it. What a lost opportunity.
And as I drove home, I couldn’t help but wonder how many times I missed a moment or a connection because I listened to others and I chose to take an easier route? How many times have I allowed my own fears and doubts to get in the way?
I’m so glad that today wasn’t one of those days.