What Bill Murray Meant by Really Being Here

Saturday 19 December 2020 - Filed under Default

In a recent interview with Charlie Rose, Bill Murray was asked what he wants to do and he said, “I’d just like to really see how long I can last as being really here, really in it, really alive, in the moment.”

On last night’s run I was impressed with how many houses were decorated for the holidays. I then realized the unique opportunity of taking pictures right then, in that moment. So I got out my phone. Just the cool houses at first, I thought but then, why not every house with any sort of decoration?

I imagined graphs showing various decorative metrics: LED lights vs. old bulbs, something animated, percentage of houses with an inflatable, lone christmas trees in windows. As I framed up each shot standing in the street or on property line, I was an artist, making art. How to get a full range of scale, interesting color combinations. Taking videos of animatronics, I only wished I had a better camera. By the end, I had 107 pictures, 22 of which I would keep. Here are two favorites.

Is this what Bill M. meant by “really being here?” To be spontaneous. To bring your whole self to this moment. To do things now that you might not get a chance to do later. Reminds me of a quote which I’ll leave you with.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

2020-12-19  »  David Sterry