Most days it seems like life is nothing but a race to get from one day to the next. Everyone’s to-do list is too long. Days blur together as we struggle to get it all done.
Perhaps the busiest time of year is just around the corner. The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday—the busiest shopping day of the year—and the beginning of all the holiday madness.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic will wind into overcrowded store parking lots. Elbow-to-elbow, frantic bargain hunters will be rushing to nab door-buster discounts.
Everyone will be flying around in a frenzy preparing for the holidays.
Frenzy on the Los Angeles 405 illustrates the feeling I get when I feel trapped by too much to do with too little time to get it all done. I created this image at just such a hectic moment. Trapped in an automobile rushing down the freeway alongside a few thousand fellow humans in a hurry to be somewhere else.
Frantic patterns of light form when headlights and taillights dart, swerve, start and stop outlining our efforts to get one car length closer to our destination.
There I was, hanging out the passenger side window, camera in hand, doing what a photographer does.
I find it strange, but now when I look at Frenzy on the LA 405 I no longer see the “frenzy.” Now I see beautiful patterns of light. And I am reminded that all the folks represented by those lights were just trying to get from point A to point B—just like me.
As we approach this busy holiday season I hope you find some time to relax and enjoy all the people that bring meaning to your life. Maybe even give a little friendly wave to the driver stuck in traffic next to you on Black Friday.
Remember all that frenzy consists of people just like you—on the run, getting it done. If you’re like me, and you need a little reminder now and again, you can get your copy of Frenzy on the LA 405 here. It’s a reminder we are all in this together!