I've been driving to Santa Monica twice a week for the last month. The routine goes like this: Get to class. Go home. Although I'm less than a 2 minute walk to the pier, I convince myself that I don't have a enough time or a good enough reason to go down to the beach. wtf, right?
It's easy to get into a mindless routine with school, work, and relationships. We get so stuck on trying to get through the day that we actually miss out on a lot of it. My mind has been elsewhere lately (perhaps a defense mechanism to avoid things and people I ought to be thinking about). I've been so busy worrying about the things I didn't do and the things I need to do that I miss out on right here. Right now. We miss out on so much when we forget to be present.
Thankfully, the universe blesses us with reminders. On Monday, the beauty of the sunset literally lured me down to the beach. I got to class earlier than usual so I had some time to finally try some Bulletproof Coffee. As I headed back to my car, I caught a glimpse of the sun setting as it magically lit up the cotton candy skies. Hoping for a better view, I had only intended to cross the street. Then I wanted to get closer .. just a little bit closer .. until before I knew it I was getting sand in my toes.
On this day, I was given a reminder: Everyday is beautiful, if you choose to see it. Sometimes it's a sunset, and sometimes it's the health of the people we love. Sometimes it's watching a leaf fall from a tree or maybe starting a book club with friends. Everyday is beautiful. The thing is, you must choose to see it. every. single. day.