Monk Seal photo by Cheri
Poipu Beach, Kauai, December 29, 2010

Laura and I came across this monk seal sunning itself on Poipu Beach. The monk seal is an endangered species. It was pretty awesome to see one up close. So I decided to catch it on video just as it started moving around. It sort of sat up, shifted position, moved its little flipper-y arms around, and then it started to urinate. There was a lady in the background screaming, “IT’S PEEING! OH! LOOK! IT’S PEEEEEEEING!” She was making the whole thing a sort of double rainbow moment. I began to visualize getting rich from the about-to-go-viral video that I would later post on YouTube. And that’s when I realized I’d turned the camera off, not on.

Laura, riding a horse into a volcano
Haleakala, Maui, December 21, 2010

There is more capability in each of us than the human mind typically comprehends. Think of yogis who are able to sleep on a bed of nails or walk over hot coals. To get there, even part way there, we first must believe that something is possible. And then we have to take action. Developing a practice can be a way to start. Or turning on the camera. Either way.

Rainbow photo by Adam (@clunkclunk)
Santa Cruz, January 2, 2010

24 comments on “Some of Us Are Destined for Greatness. Some of Us Not So Much.”

  1. In my case, I think I’m taking a still photo but my kids have left the camera setting on video, so I’m waiting for the damn flash to go off but it doesn’t so I’m holding down the button for an eternity wondering what the eff is wrong with the damn camera. And I’m caught on film cussing like a sailor.

  2. Thanks for the lesson in this post. I needed it bigtime today.

    And I’ve done that before with the camera. Get all excited about something fan-freakin-tastic and then realize you’re not remotely ready to capture it for posterity!

  3. I’m with Jen on the Edge. Can I super-like Katy’s comment? Please?

    Also, some of us are destined to COMPLETELY relate to this post as we have been known to leave the lens cap on during school programs and then spend five minutes bitching about the lighting being so bad we can’t take photos and who even lights these auditoriums anyway before realizing the whole lens cap thing.

  4. I found you from Pumpkin Delight. I love your site. I’m going to poke around a little bit, but don’t worry I’ll put everything back where I found it!!

  5. Glad you could show us the highlights. 🙂 At first I was frightened that you were going to say that the seal was dead. That’s where my “endangered species” mind goes.

    Happy New Year, Cheri! Here’s to many double rainbows in your future! And videos. With cameras turned on.

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