“They say that in the second before our death, each of us understands the real reason for our existence, and out of that moment, Heaven or Hell is born. Hell is when we look back during that fraction of a second and know that we wasted an opportunity to dignify the miracle of life. Paradise is being able to say at that moment: “I made some mistakes but I wasn’t a coward. I lived my life and did what I had to do.”

– Aleph, Paulo Coelho

I am the Lama – Justin Mier

My philosophy towards life is to live each second like it is my last – I love life and I cherish the gift and the experiences that I’m able to have due to the miracle of it. I truly appreciate all the beauty in the world and while traveling from place to place I try to just sit back and enjoy it. We are always learning and adapting and once we stop evolving we are destined to end the journey. Life is the journey not the destination so enjoy the ride.

In addition to living in one of the most amazing cities in the world I absolutely love to travel. Don’t get me wrong I get as frustrated as anyone when my flight is delayed, my bag is lost or the asshole in the seat in front of me reclines into my knees the second that ‘ding’ sounds on the airplane but once I am touched down in a new destination I’m as excited as a fat kid on Halloween. I want to immediately get off the plane and start roaming around the new place. This to the detriment of my poor wife who loves to travel as well but doesn’t need to see every church in the entire city of Rome (sorry Gretchen I’ve learned…maybe) or walk seven miles our first day of vacation because I just have to see the Tower Bridge today because that’s what I put on the agenda (okay maybe I’m a slow learner). Luckily she tolerates me and I love her for it.

I love waking up early and going to bed late – I drink too much caffeine and far too often too much wine. I like to challenge myself mentally and physically for the simple fact that I want to do as much as I can while I can. There will come a time in my life when I am unable to do the things I’m fortunate enough to do now but I promise that I won’t look back with any regrets when that time comes.

Rockies Viewing

My love for travel and experiencing new things coincides well with my new found passion of photography. I’ve always been somewhat creative but I was a miserable ‘artist’ in the sense of being able to draw or to paint. I’ve always been fascinated with cameras but never really pursued it and learned how to use one. This all changed a few years ago after I bought a DSLR camera – A Canon Rebel T1i. Experiencing the world through a lens adds another element to travel that makes you slow down to take it all in – really appreciate the time and the moment.

Through photography I try and share my passion for travel and life. Each photograph is meant to inspire others to get out and see the world as well. There are so many beautiful places – many in each of our own backyards – that with a little effort we can all experience and fall in love with on our own.

Where did the ‘Lama’ come from?

The ‘Lama’ piece is from the classic Caddyshack scene where Carl Spackler (played by Bill Murray) describes how he caddied for the 12th son of the Dalai Lama while caddying over in Tibet.  One of my favorite movie scenes of all time:

[blockquote]So I tell ’em I’m a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama himself. The 12th son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald… striking. So, I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one—big hitter, the Lama—long, into a 10,000-foot crevasse right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the 18th and he’s gonna stiff me. And I say, ‘Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?’ And he says, ‘Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.’ So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.[/blockquote]

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G&J at the Beach