Might be close, next door, remote as Daytona, some tasty far away peach, some sun-drenched beach …
Far removed from work, from normal, from winter – explored more/got lost again, lunch Halibut in Sooke, dinner burrito someplace nearby – sea-gazing, sight-seeing, small gallery, flower-spring here-awe, people in shorts, sandals intermingled with down-jackets, earmuffs.
When next I getaway – again, tripping over issues, bumping along/into people, seems an incredibly ubiquitous phenomenon.
Life’s many sides, leave us all I think, wondering – what is life like for others? Fascination with someone’s set of facts, or how they deal with those realities?
Not sure whether I’m contemplating course-correction or researching a novel – possibly both in one bargain, sharp edge or reality slicing away at magic – realizing people everywhere thrash away on issues as common and universal as table salt. But, if you have to thrash away, what a beautiful place B.C. is …
Not to say we are unhappy, but in our quest for happy there is a weird juxtaposition of our own experiences, and our perceptions of the life of others. Not envy that others have had it so easy or wonder that they had it so hard – but appreciation that others had it so different.
Lesson learned, perhaps re-learned here, reaffirming value of exploration, merits of slow, universality of juicy spirit of survival, ability/requirement to overcome adversity, character strength, resolution-meets-backbone. Interesting journey – fascinating conversations, truly extraordinary people, validation for me this urge to travel-adventure again, finding personalities that startle, illuminate, amaze. Around street corners, next-seats on planes – or quite possibly, as easily, close to home.
P.S.: though you might not get the sweet-rate package I did, I highly recommend Room 1019 at the Coast Hotel in Victoria … sunrise to sunset, mountains and ocean, glorious panorama, exemplary service … and I recommend the room service: great hash-dish, hot to my room in 10 minutes from ordering. Great people getting it very right.
column written/ published from Victoria, BC
morning walk: 6C/43F, morning chill, slick moss/dew coated boardwalk again/still, gull sounds, the harbour waking up as sun erupted in glorious sunrise
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