Thursday, January 17, 2008

Perspectives

We had several reasons for making this move across the country. We won't bore you with a list.

But of all the reasons, a change in perspective was probably the most important.

And wow, have we had one.

Jeff is heading back to SLO for a visit next month. It will be interesting to hear how he feels about the area, now that we have been here for (can you believe it?) almost a year--yep, on Feb. 28, it will be 1 year since we left California.

Simply being exposed to humanity, in all its glory and grotesqueness, on a daily basis has been--honestly--life changing. It is easy to forget, when you live in SLO County, that there are people of many different colors and languages, with different ways of seeing and living in our world.

Yes, traveling can bring home that point, too. But not like living in a diverse environment. The other night, Rachel and Mary were walking near Union Square, and we passed a couple speaking a foreign language. Rachel said, "I can't even begin to count how many different languages I have heard today!"

And it's not just languages. It's lifestyles, tastes, points of view, religions, and the list goes on.

In SLO County, it's easy to feel like a big fish in a small pond.

Here, in this very big pond, there are few big fish: Bloomberg, Trump, Clinton, you know who they are.

But guess what? It's actually kind of wonderful to be a small fish in a big pond. The sensation of being closer to your own humanity, your own place in this world, is exhilarating. You're part of a collective energy that is palpable, powerful.

It's an interesting change in perspective. We would encourage everyone to consider giving it a shot, especially if where you are living--wherever that may be--has struck a note of boredom in your daily life.

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