Hi everyone, I have had a ridiculously relaxing day, late breakfast on the patio, coffee over-looking the ocean, and an afternoon reading on the beach as I worked on my tan (SPF 30 & 50 on the face), before a little jaunt to the super-maket, which is just such a pleasure! I drove South down PCH, the ocean on my right, palm trees above, the windows down, hair dancing wildly to Simple Minds on the radio (oh I do wish I’d been here in the 80’s!) and a dirty great big grin plastered right across my happy face. One of those moments where joy just grabs your heart and gives it a little squeeze as if to say “Oh boy! How did it get this good?!” and gratitude flows through the arteries delivering smiles to every cell in the body.
It has to be said I like driving, and here in Cali it’s much easier than London; wide roads, automatic gears, straight roads for miles, and everyone seems so courteous. I still have to smile at every stop sign over the “after you dear”,
“oh no, really you go first I’m fine”, “no really, It’s a beautiful day, it’s your turn”, “oh well if you insist, that’s so very kind”, “de nada, have a wonderful day,” that seems to be conveyed through facial expressions, smiley eyes, and hand gestures; which are nothing like the hand gestures you would experience in London, trust me! As for waiting for pedestrians to saunter across 6 lanes nonchalantly, or giving them right of way, like anywhere it seems, well seriously, it takes some adjustment! Also when someone isn’t paying attention at the lights, presumably texting or mesmerized by the ocean views; nobody beeps (honks), they all just sit there tapping their thumbs patiently, till the lights change again . In London the cacophony of several horns would delightfully serve to obscure the verbal abuse of choice names to describe the driver!
The fact that this all amuses me, and that I have dropped the usual high revs in low gears as I switch lanes to snake up the Finchley Road mode, adopting the laid back driving position, (left hand stroking the wind as I swoop down Crown Valley Parkway), brings me to the realisation that there has been a remarkable internal transition in the last few weeks, although I do admit I’m still a little heavy on the speed limits! I feel so much calmer, nothing feels urgent, granted I’m not working, but it’s always such a pleasure that I’m never in a hurry to finish my journey; guess that’s how life should be! Still, I do admit I still fiddle with the dial of the radio, not quite content yet to listen to the ‘spa music’ station dear EF cruises round to; I still like to sing along and even have a little boogie to anything from the 80’s channel, rock, breakbeat, RnB, and some old skool hip hop if I can find it.
Despite the cultural differences, driving has always been a pleasure for me, something about being behind the wheel in charge of one’s own destiny; that scene in the film of your life when you’re the heroine in the story, whatever chapter you happen to be stuck in. As I drove back home this evening, heading north on PCH with the smell of beach bonfires wafting across the carriageway, Tom Petty free falling on the radio, and the sun slowly slipped gracefully into the sea; the sky blushed pink, as I sighed a little grateful realisation, that this chapter is definitely a happy one for me!
I hope that wherever in the world you are, at whatever point in your life, whatever chapter you happen to find yourself in; that there is something that warms your heart, and when the sun sets, that you feel blessed too. Much love ❤ Hxx