a lesson in life/ a lesson in love/// north beach wedding reception

In every picture, she is touching her friends. A slight squeeze to the shoulder. Hands held together.

When the party bus pulled up to the restaurant, she walked right up to the bar ordered a drink, and then was quick to offer it up to each passing friend. She is clearly the kind of person who made the party happen. The sort to bring people together. 

I'm reading a powerful book: "The Upside of Stress." And I already have one dozen things I want to tell you about it.

One of the things I want to tell you is that people of who have a positive view of aging in midlife live on average 7.6 years longer than those who don't. (Exercising, not smoking, maintaining healthy blood pressure on average only add 4 years, just for perspective).

Last week I got to photograph Janice's wedding reception at the Westlawn Inn in North Beach, MD-- a party for friends a couple of months after her ceremony in the Keys. And it was the most fun I've seen people have on a random Tuesday that I can recall.

Here was a couple finding love later in life. Inspiring each other to make art. To laugh loudly. To play. It was inspiring.

We all need to take a lesson from Janice, and maybe if we do, maybe if we stop worrying about getting older, and start getting excited, maybe we'll get 7.6 more years of live to do all the things we love to do with the people we love to do them with.