Why don’t we take advantage of what we have?

beachieWhy does it take an out of town guest to get me out of my routine? And why does it take so long for me to get back into it?

Basically, I live 22 blocks from the beach. I really don’t understand why is it so hard for me to zip there to watch the waves crashing on the beach when I have a free hour, or two. Instead I squander my free time by checking facebook updates or reading the New York Times online.

Last Monday I spent most of the day at the beach. It was the first time that I sat on the beach without my daughter since she was born almost four years ago. I had two friends visiting from San Francisco. (I have a feeling that it has been an especially cold summer in SF this year). We went to watch a mutual friend surf in the waters off of Santa Monica. When she was done, we walked to Urth Café and had a super yummy and healthy brunch. After we were caffeinated, we went back to the beach and walked along the shore. In the nick of time, we zipped to my daughter’s school to pick her up. I felt so free and liberated when I was walking with my feet in the wet sand. I kept wondering to myself, why don’t I do this more often? Why does it take an out of town guest to get me to sit on the beach?

Two days later we took another walk on the beach. This time three dolphins were swimming parallel to us. What a treat! It is always a good day when you see dolphins playing in the waves just beyond the shore.

Why don’t we take advantage of what we have?