A few weekends ago I had a chance to live a weekend from my dream life, the life I would lead if I had no responsibilities and could do as my heart desired each moment of the day. Ahh I wish.
I work for an environmental organization that helps protect beautiful open spaces. My husband and I got to spend a weekend at a cabin on one of those preserves, on the coast of Northern California. It was built in the 1950s or 1960 by a man who was a sailor and then later a writer.
Chunked into the side of a cliff, the little place is surrounded on three sides by oceans views. It was simply stunning. The cabin was pretty much a wooden shack, with two walls of plexiglass windows. We had the bare necessities to get by over the weekend, galley kitchen, closet bathroom, fireplace and cot. That was all we needed.
The sun was shining, it was warm for February and the whole place was simply gorgeous. H and I couldn’t stop smiling at each other, we were so overcome with giddiness. “This is ours, for the whole weekend?”
The original owner’s presence was definitely there. His books lined the bookshelves, not a splinter had been changed since he built the place. It was a nice feeling, not a sinister one. Kind of like a pushy notion to remember that life is short. (He died suddenly in his sixties while working on what he felt would be his best book.) I stayed up late that night scribbing away in my notebook, writing more than I had in the past two months combined. It was magic. All of the sudden it felt like my dreams were in reach again. That yes, if I actually did something, made some moevement towards what I wanted, it was possible.
It’s amazing what a change in your every day scenery can do. If only I could live in the cabin every day… I’m trying to find little ways to recapture some of that joy and freedom I felt – taking a walk outside in the sun, trying to notice small details around me and be very present. It’s tough to get back to the grind of everyday and maintain any of that creativity. It was a kick in the pants reminding me that I need to take action, do something. Intention is great and all, but you’ve got to make a move towards what you want.