Yesterday was all about trauma. Today it’s about the things we do to come back from such moments. Here’s one of the best things I’ve found for regaining the rhythm of your life…
The other day an accident on the 405 had me taking the alternate route back into Orange County down PCH. For foreign readers PCH is the Pacific Coast Highway, State Route 1 here in California and it runs north-south along the coast of pretty much the entire state. And when you’re feeling out of sorts or have lost your way, sometimes just driving it with the stereo on and the windows down can do wonders for your peace of mind.
For my detour home that day, I picked up PCH right at the Orange County line in the town of Seal Beach and then down through tiny little sunset beach, where you swing past tiny kayak rental shacks, local eateries like Harbor House, Captain Jacks and Woody’s Cafe. You also swing by this oddity that is the Watertower House. I can’t recall how is came about originally, but I hear they rent it out these days.
By the time I reached Huntington Beach I was smiling and in no hurry to get anywhere anymore. My hair was blowing around in a hot breeze, and the more empty parking spaces I passed the more I thought, “When was the last time you stood on the sand? When was the last time you were alone to just stand there and breathe?” Do something different my mind said. So, I did. I parked and jumped off of the hamster wheel for 15 minutes.
And I practiced just Breathing.
When I was little I used to spend all my time at the beach fascinated by the shells on the shore and I had collections of them in bottles all over my house.
Does it look like I have hands for feet? I think it looks like I have weird hands where my feet should be. Anyway, I put my feet in the ocean, and just generally stood in a slightly different spot on earth.
And I took sneaky Hipstamatic shots of strangers living in their private little worlds as well.
See, this guy has got the right idea.
All in all it took about an extra hour out of my day and I made all my appointments anyway, it’s just that I was a tad sandier than I would normally have been while I did them…but I was a whole lot healthier.
Peace Out Folks.
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