That's what I used say in school during role call. 'Here' meant I was present. In my seat. I was accounted for.
These days, 'here' is something I say to myself. 'Here' means that I am present in any given moment. On difficult days, I am here. I acknowledge the darkness and give thanks to the light.
On days when lack of sleep or too much media or a to-do list that won't quit sends my head spinning, I can push the pause button. I can breathe. I am here. I am present.
In happy moments, I can let the joy wash over me. I can receive the gift. I can relish in wonder and thanksgiving.
I am so grateful for my camera. I am so grateful for the gift of photography that anchors me in the present moment. I am so grateful for a community of kindred souls to share it with.
I am here.