I’m confused because I’m not sure if today should be considered the first, second or fourth day of my holiday.
The Western thinker in me believes that vacations should have a clearly defined, unambiguous event horizon. Not so this break. The Western mind wants to create artificial walls and boundaries and to classify and assign artificial meanings and values. If I were to engage my inner Eastern thinker I would see each day, each day, each moment is equal and flows directly into the next without effort. The ease or difficulty making the transition from one event to the next is a reflection of my inner self, not the outer world.
Siri informs me that it has been 17,802 days since the day I was born. That’s what day this is, number 17,802. She failed to answer the question about how many days I have remaining.
I took the picture above on my iPhone. I use that phone for work and would normally leave it locked in the drawer in my office during vacation, but I am trying out a new personal cell and I don’t quite trust it yet. With one little swipe of the iPhone pseudo-button the deluge of emails are turned off and the phone calls, texts and messages sit in Limbo on some Verizon server somewhere waiting for me; calling to me. I shan’t peek today. I peeked yesterday and poisoned the serenity of my drive up to the Central Coast of California. I won’t be foolish again. It’s a lot of work to get serenity back once it is poisoned.
On this day 17,802 of my life, I woke up early in Avila beach on the Central Coast of California. Laura and I came here on our honeymoon, 7,639 days ago. It seems like just yesterday. I think this is the 9th hotel room I have woken up in thus far in 2014. I am weary but not tired. My legs are incredibly sore and stiff from a hilly race this past weekend and I couldn’t just lay in bed this morning. The girls were exhausted and I didn’t want to disturb them, so I dressed and came down to the lobby to write to you all. You people never write back and I am getting quite resentful. Hit the fricking Like button already, will ya? Would it kill you to leave a comment? I mean really.
Everyone knows the OC, LA, San Diego and San Francisco. Few appreciate the Central Coast with its seemingly easy-going lifestyle and attitude. Some might consider it, the moderate part of California, not politically, but in terms of being neither of the extremes of LA nor San Francisco. All things being equal, the locals seem to pull for the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland teams rather than the LA teams. You can easily prejudge and stereotype an area by the sports teams that the populus follow. Stereotypes are great. They allow you to like or dislike people without having to waste time getting to know them, really quite efficient if you think about it.
The hotel offers me a complimentary copy of Tuesdays The Tribune, the Newspaper of San Luis Obispo County. The front page features a banner “HAVE YOU SEEN THIS PUPPY?” Admittedly, the dog is cute, but I am still trying to slow down enough to read and enjoy this past Sundays New York Times. The truth is I never actioned (that’s one of my work words, actioned) reading the Sunday paper from two weekends ago. That’s one of the first signs that I am out of balance. I brought two books to read and six magazines. We are only going to be here 3 nights. We have to get back to the OC by Friday so The Child can start finalizing her Junior Prom planning. Saturday, the girls will indulge me by going to see a lacrosse game at Whittier College. Then the next day will be Easter, time to get together again with Laura’s family.
Time moves quickly. The Child turns 17 in 16 days. God willing, in another 500 or so days she will be going to college. That scheduling and planning that I just did there is fallacy of the Western mind. A classmate of The Child’s was killed a few weeks back in a skateboarding accident. I can’t fathom that grief. There was also recent news of cancer in the family. Those shocks were numbing. The Westerner assumes that the universe has made promises to us. We get attached to those promises and believe that they are genuine. I learned a long time ago, growing up in Las Vegas, that one should never ever ever believe in a promise. One should enjoy this moment, this hour, this day and these wonderful beautiful people who are in front of me. The metaphorical phone can ring so quickly and poison the rest of the day, week, month, or life. It’s a lot of work to get serenity back once it is poisoned.
Carpe Diem, people. Carpe Diem.