When you tell people that you live in California they usually picture LA, or San Francisco. It seems like that goes for 99% of people from other states and countries, that I’ve encountered. This post is about another side.
To be totally honest. Cities, in all their beauty and comfort are not all that appealing to me. I can’t stand traffic, or bumping in to people right and left when walking down a street. Sure it’s enjoyable to eat at a good restaurant in the city. I do appreciate that, but as soon as I thanked the waitress and paid, I can’t get out fast enough.
I LOVE the other side of our beautiful state; the wide open spaces, the national parks that can’t be completely explored in one lifetime, the endless ocean and its beautiful beaches, the coyotes singing me to sleep most every night, watching bears enjoy blackberries in a sunny spot next to the lake, hiking/snowboarding on our extraordinary mountains, and growing my own food in the fertile soil in our part of the state. The fact that when you’re on a road trip it’s beautiful everywhere you look. When I drive in to town for groceries I only see beauty. I can’t get enough of this side of our state. Have you experienced this side?
…perhaps that might be the way to write this book–to open the page and to let the stories crawl in by themselves. ― John Steinbeck
That’s California to me. Life coming my way, like the waves coming into the magical beaches along the coast. Forcing me to accept the inevitable, to accept, to say yes, to start thinking outside the box. While exploring the wild sides of our state, I’ve also learned to say no when needed. To not compromise. I’ve been way to good at compromising earlier in my life. There’s no compromise in the nature around me, but the beauty is in how animals and plants coexist in harmony. It might sound contradicting. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. I don’t think I learned as much during my 18 years in school (I loved school,) as I’ve learned from observing nature. California is pure magic to me. Just like I want life to be. Like I choose for my life to be.
The pictures in today’s post is from a beach near Half Moon Bay, that I visited last weekend. It was Saturday afternoon/evening when we got there, my daughter needed to collect some sea shells. I love that it is possible to find an almost empty beach on a weekend. Thanks for reading my thoughts on mindfulness.