It’s been officially two weeks since we no longer have a permanent address in Long Beach, New York. We’ve been ‘settling in’. Well, who even knows what that actually means, but we’ve been enjoying life in sunny San Diego. In that time (aside from the everyday joys), we commemorated ANZAC Day with other Aussies and Kiwis on the deck of the USS Midway, celebrated the husband’s April birthday with baseball, beach and breakfasts and hung out with San Diego’s animal population at the Safari Park in Escondido.
“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments” -Rose Kennedy
In the Mondays to Fridays there has been work and writing, event planning and eating, gym and yoga and as much sunshine as we can grab. We’ve had some visits with old friends and catch ups with new ones, Law and Order watching evenings and picnics on the sand. There’s ease to life here. Perhaps it’s that we’ve made an effort to implement that ease into the everyday or if it’s something in the air, I don’t know-but it’s here and amidst stressors of the everyday, something about life in San Diego says take it easy, remember to take time for you and your happiness matters.
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” -Mother Teresa
I’ve always been interested in what ‘life on a Tuesday’ looks like in homes. Is it insanity, are people running from one place to another, are you snuggled up on the couch or out adventuring somewhere? I’m sure for most of us it’s a mixture of all of the above with a bit of something else thrown in, but I find myself looking around asking-is this real life? We’ve been here now for over four months and we’re starting to find a groove. The days are long and sunny and the nights call for if anything, a light jacket. The vibe is easy and the attitude light. Healthy existence matters and finding happy during the day is tantamount. There’s no grit, no fast pace, more walking trails than you can count and water all around. It’s different here.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory” -Dr. Seuss
There are times that I’m ready to explore all the time (considering we’ve just booked visits to Disneyland, New York and Australia) while others when sitting on a sandy beach for hours would put me in my happiest of places. More often lately, I find myself thinking of the Adventure Book in the movie UP. As it starts off with ‘Stuff I’m Going to Do’, the surprise comes as you continue to turn the pages. The photos are less of extraordinary adventure, but more life in the ‘apparent’ ordinary everyday. Scenes at home, birthdays, car rides, snuggles, picnics, holding hands, dancing and a wedding fill the pages where one believes only the most extreme adventures would. But isn’t that it? Isn’t that the lesson? Isn’t it the stuff in the middle that fills the pages with the magic adventures of life? Isn’t it more about who you become and what you learn on the inside than the place in which you wind up? Journeys really do continue to teach when you least expect them too. I’m happy here.
“Happiness is a journey not a destination” -Ben Sweetland
Who knows how long we’ll stay or where we’ll journey to next, but for right now, San Diego is in positive alignment with our souls. We’ve been searching for that outdoors lifestyle, work-life balance, minimal commute, sunshine, healthy attitude and ease and we’ve found it here. Perhaps it feels like that Long Beach summer attitude year round and that’s what’s so charming about this west coast city by the sea – better known as America’s finest city. Here, restaurants have outdoor spots year ‘round, the beach is always open and people are outside, living life, all the time. For right now, this is home.
“Enjoy the little things in life…because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”
As Long Beach prepares for the unofficial start of summer and the arrival of our old friendly bright orange lifeguard stands, we’re gearing up for our first California Memorial Day weekend. As we did in Long Beach, we always hope for a bit of adventure, toes in the sand, ice cream, sunshine and fun. It may be west coast sand versus east coast and Pacific waters versus that of the Atlantic, but still a long weekend to remember, honour, celebrate, relax and enjoy. What are you up to next weekend?