Big Thunder Morning Ride

A Big Thunder morning ride isn’t for everyone but, for some, it’s the perfect start to a day. The same could be said for a 24 hour Disney event. With the recent announcement of another party to kick off the 60th anniversary of Disneyland over Memorial Day weekend, I decided to revisit my collection of shots from 2012’s One More Disney Day. This was from the first morning when everything was fresh and a palpable energy filled the park. It was a completely different story 24 hours later. Michaela and I haven’t attended the subsequent parties but it feels like time to give it a try again.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of morning and the promise it brings. I’m always grateful for another day, a new opportunity, a chance to do better and be better. Sometimes that promise is fulfilled in taking photographs. Sometimes it’s a trip on the wildest ride in the wilderness. The best thing we can do for ourselves every day is to always seek contentment in where we are and what we have right now.

Theodore Roosevelt said that comparison is the thief of joy. That statement couldn’t be more true. From the perspective of a photographer, it’s easy to look at another’s work or equipment and compare it with your own, which is often discouraging. The same is true in other aspects of life, when we look at other people buying homes or having children or traveling. Whatever the case may be, we have a tendency to compare, and that comparison robs us of the very present joy we could thrive in. I’m not saying we shouldn’t set goals for ourselves. Of course we should. We just need to break out of the habits of comparing our journey with the journeys of others and overlooking all the blessings we have here and now.

We can’t experience someone else’s life, only our own. We should make it the wildest ride we can.


The peak of Big Thunder Mountain in the morning at Disneyland

About Matt Hansen

Matt is a photographer and designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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