These are the last pictures from Costa Rica.
Usually we always take our own pictures on our camera using the timer but this year we decided to have a few taken by the professional girl that was at the resort. Nothing fancy, just 15-20 minutes playing on the beach but it was fun. I thought she captured some pretty shots with the sunset.
I was talking to a good friend about these pictures and how when people see pictures everything appears so perfect. But that is not always the case. Man, we just have to continue to be so careful to not look at pictures of others and paint our own picture of what "life" is like for them....because I promise you we will always be wrong.
I was sharing with her how this has been one of our harder years, and the stress has been higher than ever, and so it was nice to get away just to breathe. She reminded me of something that I thought was so true.
She said....."I am sure the pictures at the beach will be beautiful....but beautiful means something different to me now. It means overcoming problems, still being together and smiling because it's better. There is beauty in a couple that has overcome difficult things."
That's us. Two imperfect people trying to love each other in a difficult world that is full of challenges each day. Even though this year has been much harder than usual, it doesn't mean that we don't love each other deeply.
I just didn't want to post these without this reminder. A picture is just a picture. You don't see the condition of a heart in a picture. You don't see the full picture of reality. You don't see the ups or the downs. All you see are the smiles.
We all, including myself, have to remember that life is not smiles every day....but we can still love big no matter what the circumstances are.