During my short stint at NPR, I was lucky enough to travel for work with some really talented, smart, and curious people. We were involved in news and media. It was inherently our jobs to find new things, meet new people and share that information with others.
Curious or not, all those smart and talented people (and me) were--unfortunately--sent north to Albany, New York in the middle of the winter.
Balancing travel and work wasart form that I'd slowly tried to refine in my year of traveling for work. Sometimes I really just didn't have time to see anything in a new city. Sometimes I could get there a day early or stay a day later, but usually I'd be too busy preparing for an event or having to wrap one up. So, having missed experiencing San Fransisco and Detroit in this way I wanted to make a point of seeing Albany....or whatever was there to see.
I woke up at 8am the morning after my event (which is an accomplishment) and got coffee from a small local shop. I made sure my camera was charged and set off into the snow, determined to make the next two hours before my flight count.
As I showed my coworkers the photos I had captured I realized that I had made a small amount of my morning as memorable as an entire day. A coworker looked at my photos and remarked that Albany was so pretty--he couldn't believe all this was just blocks from our hotel! He had just wirtten a book that made the New York Times best-seller list, opened a successful restaurant, and every morning he hosts a show that is listened to by thousands (millions?) of people across the country every day. But he acknowledged that I captured what could have been a missed shot--because you've got to be out there in order to get it. Of course he's a little busy, but it was a good example to see someone who is so motivated appreciate small and random acts of adventure and curiosity in another.