This week I'm thankful for simple moments. I guess I'm always thankful for them, but I really tried to pay attention when they came my way lately since I've been struggling a bit with the non-stop action of summer. People might be sick of me saying that, I think I'm actually sick of saying it, but it's just the truth right now.
Scott's sisters came to visit on what felt like the hottest day of the year so far. No one was down on the beach though. It was weird. With the small waves, it was so quiet down there; it felt like someone froze time and didn't tell us. I've still been surfing those small waves. I know a lot of people have been frustrated by August's lack of swell, or rather the Southern Hemisphere's lack of storms, but whatever, more (small) waves for me. Even at that, I can't wait for some real swell to come our way and I've allowed myself a few small fall fantasies. I try not to wish summer away with them and make efforts to keep thoughts of the upcoming season out of my mind, but lately, as it approaches, I've been getting excited about potential trips up north to the central coast and morning dawn patrols with offshore winds. I won't let my mind stay on these thoughts for long, though. I'm still trying so hard to understand how to be present and what that looks and feels like for me. Focusing on simple moments this week really helped me feel like I am at least getting a better grasp on it.
Today, I was washing my hands at the place where I got my haircut and I actually caught myself noticing the cool temperature of the water, what it looked like pouring out of the faucet and how right then, it was summer and my life was happy (even with the inevitable setbacks). On Saturday I noticed the steps I was taking as I walked through our neighborhood. And on our way home from Daphne's on Monday we took a detour and decided to watch the sunset on one of the last deserted dirt roads around. I was unusually aware of this moment, the musty smell of the dirt, the animals eating dinner, and even though I took a bunch of pictures, I didn't miss the sunset (I've done that before...just the other week...). Progress? I hope. I'm beginning to realize this whole being present thing probably has more to do with mindset than actually having tons of free time to absorb everything.
How was your week? Any favorite moments (simple or otherwise)?
p.s. we're off to Chicago for a wedding. I feel like I must tell you this since you are my friends (at least I think of you that way). Happy Labor Day weekend!