I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world yet I rarely share my daily life when I’m home. SoCal is still a dream for me. I can’t believe I get to wake up in the morning and go to the beach, swim in the pool, relax in the sunshine and take in the majesty of the Saddleback mountains and that’s not even a vacation; it’s my daily life.
Today, I spent the day at Newport Beach with Athena. We built sandcastles in the fine, powdery sand and soaked up the fresh, salty air. We were both completely happy and we could have stayed all day long.
We only left to have lunch with a good friend and returned for a swim in the gently cresting waves. Athena is learning to swim and she doesn’t mind bobbing in the water. It gives me a new freedom to relax in the ocean, especially when she’s wearing her Puddle Jumper life vest.
We stayed all day not even realizing the time. The sun was setting before we packed up our beach gear and headed home. We had no schedule and no agenda; just time and the ocean as our playground.
I took the coastal route home and watched the sun over the ocean during the drive. I felt mellow and at ease. It was better than a day at the spa. It was one of the best days this year and I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. Extraordinary has become my ordinary in California and I appreciate every minute of it. I am grateful for every moment of my time here.
Tomorrow, we have a pool date planned with our neighbors. I don’t need to check the weather forecast or worry about rain. I love traveling and exploring new countries and cultures, but it’s never really that bad coming home. How could I complain about this?
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”~Harold Whitman