Obama’s Pause: “I’m Not Going to See This Again”
Josh pointed out what has now become my favourite part of the Inauguration, which is a moment when Obama paused while leaving the ceremony to turn around for one last look. He quietly tells the people around him who are waiting for him to continue, “I’m not going to see this again.” And then he stands, surveying the area, taking in the moment, marking it.
It wasn’t even my moment to capture, but I love him for doing that. For being mindful of the magnitude of the day. Of not being afraid to show that emotion.
It was the best piece of advice Josh and I received for our wedding, and one that I’ve passed along to others. We ducked into the corner of the room in the middle of the party and just stood together, watching our friends and family. If we hadn’t mindfully paused to take it all in, I’m afraid the whole day would have raced past us. Even with that pause, we could barely hold onto the joy we felt, the excitement of having everyone together, the enormity of all that love. Moments like that are just too damn heavy.
Think of this as a reminder to pause today. To take 10 seconds to notice something that you may never see again.
Because, who knows, the ChickieNob said. “Maybe his wife will become the President in the future or one of his kids, and then he will see it again.” And that’s it; you never know. So soak it in regardless.