On the Road Journal Excerpt
Date: November 6, 2014
Location: San Sebastian Beach, Spain
Peaceful walk through twilight along the beach. I’m trying slowly to let go of the stress and self-expectation that was a way of life in NYC. I can hardly believe that I’m here—already five days. But I am so, so glad I decided to go on this journey. I need space and time and new scenery to let go of the things I’ve been holding tight and close—those bits and pieces of expectation or frustration that linger, the ones that we empower by doing nothing more than giving them space in our minds and hearts. I want to live in the present, to be with the beauty of the world, to take the time to see it all around me—from the gorgeous clouds and colors on the beach at twilight to the man walking his dogs… a walk he’s probably done hundreds, maybe thousands, of times before this particular twilight. But for us, in that moment, it is new.
Date: Today (December 5, 2015)
Location: New York City
Six weeks back in the frenetic city. Do not forget how to live in the present and find new moments. It’s 10:40 on a Saturday night in an apartment building in the East Village. The tune of the operatic whistler across the way pierces the hum of the old, energy-eating refrigerator as the tenants upstairs thump, thump, thump their way around like they live in a mansion instead of a 350-square-foot rectangle. One white strand of Christmas lights casts a lovely shine as rye whiskey lightly singes your taste buds. This moment may seem similar to one that happened just the night before, but it is new… just like twilight on the beach.