we are all a work in progress

Before we moved to California, James and I had a lot of conversations about what life might be like once we got here–how much we’d miss our families and friends (a lot), whether we’d find a restaurant that serves queso (no), if we’d have extravagant utility bills (luckily, no), if our house would be big enough to hold all our stuff (no), if anyone would come visit (luckily, yes).

We also wondered how the move would impact who we are. Both being in our mid-40s, was it possible a change of scenery would equal a change of self? Or are you pretty much who you are once you reach middle age?

Since we were moving to a cool coastal climate with an abundance of natural beauty, I had high hopes the outdoorsy part of my nature might awaken. That the person I was on vacation in California–active, open and ready to adventure outside–would somehow become the person I was living in California. That I’d spend less time in front of the dim glow of the computer and more time in direct sunlight. My inner voice wasn’t so sure, but it can be an asshole sometimes.

I’ll be damned if the outdoorsy part of my soul didn’t find its way to the surface, putting my feet on the bare earth with as much regularity as possible while still meeting my work/life obligations. And instead of this being something that immediately burst forth with the newness of a change of latitude/longitude, it simmered for the first year then grew in intensity in the past six months, my hikes becoming longer and harder, my desire to be outside and unconfined stronger. A welcome surprise, to be sure.

I’m telling you this, not because I’m excited about my new relationship with the outdoors (though it’s fucking awesome and I even have a tan), but in case you have some ideas you’re chewing on and could use a boost. If my sedentary, internet-addicted, pale-as-a-vampire self could find its way into the sunlight, you can do yo thang too. Just tell that inner voice to simmer down for a bit while you find your footing. And be sure to give yourself time for a transition to happen. Change will come, but it may not come quickly.

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Onward.

 

 

4 Replies to “we are all a work in progress”

    1. Thanks! Since I post so much more often on Instagram, I wanted that to become part of things here. I think having a sidebar gets a lot accomplished.

  1. Good on you! Our connection with the earth and all its splendor is always pretty weak in the big cities. There is a reason it’s called “Mother Earth”. It is a huge shame that so many kids today have never had and likely will never have that connection. As we continue to “pave over paradise to put up a parking lot”….or shopping mall or mire highways for vehicles that keep our feet from touching mother earth, the more remote we become from one another…

    1. Very true, Harry. Lots of kids are tethered to their electronic devices from a pretty young age. They aren’t getting as dirty and stinky as we did when we were kids. The good news is, you can get dirty and stinky outside as an adult. So there’s hope for all of us yet.

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