I’ve had a hard couple months, but I’m home with a suntan on my forehead from all of these bright ideas. I hope that you feel the fog today. I hope you feel it every day. You and I could both use a break, even if we don’t think that we do.
I’ve been hard at work and that work is about to start paying off. This life is amazing. on the beach, at my job, there is nowhere I would rather be. The fact I exist at all is a miracle, and I need to start acting that way again.
So, this month I’m going to be talking a lot about coos Bay, Oregon and my best friend’s wedding because a lot happened over the course of that week. In the weeks preceding, I was growing weary and jaded and cynical. Three things that I absolutely hate to be. That being said, I got some advice from my mother shortly before leaving that I will be talking about later this month. I took this advice to the coast with me. The drive up was relatively fine save for my exhaustion and falling asleep at the wheel. In Oregon I pulled off the road onto a rest stop and took a nap in the car with Jess. It was hot and we woke up drenched in sweat, but I felt rested enough. We made the final trek into Coos Bay and parked in a Wells Fargo until we figured out our plans.
Eventually we had found places to sleep, Jess stayed with his parents and I drove to the next town over to stay with Torre and his group. I pulled in to the back of a hardware store and got out of my car, wishing I could have a cigarette and a beer. Thankfully I had time to have both as we caught up and traded stories from the trip. We went to bed as the fog began rolling in and slept through the chilly night. The next morning we awoke and I climbed out of the trailer to see a thick fog covering everything in the city. I took a deep breath in the air and something awoke inside of me. A feeling I hadn’t felt in a long time.
For the first time in weeks I had felt rested and at peace. I knew that no matter what, everything would be okay. It was so comforting to know that my life was fine. For the first time in years I wasn’t worried about books or art or music or any of my other projects. I had set time aside to work that week, but abandoned it as soon as I awoke that morning because I didn’t need to work. I needed to be with my friends and experience life.
That’s the message today, sometimes the most important thing for us is to simply experience life. We can so easily get caught up in the routine of our day to day life. Wake up, shower, have lunch, go to work, get home, write a book, go to bed, wake up, have breakfast, go to work, have lunch, write a blog, so on and so forth.
It’s so worth it to pause every so often. A lesson that I needed to learn is that I don’t always have to be moving at light speed. There are times where I need to stop worrying so much about my next project or my blog or my business + simply need to eat a donut seaside with my friends. The fog soaking into my soul that morning and I remembered what it was like to not be stressed.
To be okay with taking my shoes off and kicking back in the sand is something that I will always cherish, and it is something that I will remember to practice often.
When the weight of the world gets to be too much, go to the beach. If you can’t make it there physically, visit in your mind and soul. Your heart will thank you for the break. Let the fog roll in and take time to appreciate the chilly mist that surrounds you. There is nothing in this life that is more important than appreciating the fact that we are alive today.
I hope you feel the fog this upcoming week and I hope you are reminded of the simplicity of life as you do. There is nothing more important than living, don’t give up a day at the beach for the sake of a role you hate.
Exist. Love. Get your feet wet. Get your soul fogged over. There is nothing better.
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