Saturday, December 12, 2009

Today



It rained super hard here today and it was awesome. We took a drive to Half Moon Bay and the sea was stormy. There were a bunch of kite surfers practicing on the north side of the Jetty. We stopped to get a coffee at Blue Sky and the owners had just returned from a trek in Nepal. They were really stoked on it and still had a glow in their faces.

We took the long way home and drove down Skyline through the foggy redwoods. It was so beautiful I just wanted to stay there. I need the mountains and need to go to them more. The mountains are givers. I was thinking existential thoughts like, our lives are kind of an illusion. We can do anything we want. I'll try to explain that another time, but I also thought it'd be good to be more like the Native American Indians.

How? Well lots of ways but particularly, I think it would be highly beneficial for everyone, starting as a teenager, to go on your own vision quest say, for 10 days. And to do this every two years. That way, you'd always stay on track, or quickly get back on track and know what you are meant to be doing. You'd know yourself very well, you'd know nature and you wouldn't get lost. I'm going to think about this some more.

Sometimes I have gotten so mad because I've felt off track and I knew instinctively that all I'd need to do is take some time away. A few years ago I was frustrated by working at a boring office where everyone took things too seriously (does money have to be so serious?) and I was not making enough art or being in nature enough and I just wanted to walk. I fantasized about walking from here to Santa Barbara. I didn't do it.

From what I see around me I think we work too much, in general. I think we need to be in nature a lot more. I can envision our world being healthier. Do I feel like I am at the highest level of healthiness in my body, mind and spirit? I know that I'm not. I need to be so strong that that is always my highest priority. I want to raise the level. Let's do it.

16 comments:

Le Vyusher said...

Welcome back to the mainland. I enjoyed your Hawaiian coverage! Thanks!

Surfsister said...

I agree that we work too much. I make no excuses for the fact that I don't enjoy working for the sake of making money. If it means I'm stuck in a cubicle all day for 30 years, I'll pass. I'd rather have a life.

Chris Brown said...

Amen Jamie.

SaffronSicko said...

Thanks for the encouragement. I love you.

sealaura said...

HOla!

What a great post. First of all those photos are beautiful. and I love what you say about going on a vision quest. FElt very refreshed after visiting your blog. BTW your husband is an amazing photographer, and how lucky were you to surf on your bday! have a great week.

Hye Tyde said...

this is the best thing I could have read on a Monday morning at the office, thanks!

Glenn said...

What a beautiful post. I love it.

e. said...

I'm sitting at work and reading this, and I have to say I agree whole-heartedly.

droog79 said...

excellent thoughts that resonate with my own.....got me thinking and focusing again......stay sick! thanks jay dubyuh.

Candi said...

I love the photos, Jamie! You and your husband are so talented!!!

I know what you mean, I feel so much better when I'm out in the elements. I could never live in a crowded city...if I lived near the ocean I would never leave!!!

PS I had no idea you're on twitter. YAY!!!

Allison C said...

What lovely and breathtaking photos!

You know how I found out what I was meant to be doing? I went on a deployment. Nothing makes life more crystal clear than that:) However, if taking a 10 day trip is plausible to stay on track, probably more likely, also. I would most certainly do that.

Best wishes to you Jamie. Enjoy the beauty.

Toddy said...

I love ice plant.
Je t'aime ice plant. Je t'aime.

Steve and Cher Pendo said...

Hi, Jamie, thanks for sharing. What a beautiful post! I agree, things can get hectic in our lives today. Many of us need more balance in our lives. Walking and surfing, and other activities in nature are healthy ways to help us have that balance. The smell of the sea air as we walk down to surf, the sound of birds, smelling a flower by the path, taking in the greens of the ice plant you captured. Yes, let's do it! xoxo
Much love and Aloha, Cher

lee said...

hear hear, man your writing seems to put into words some of the things that i think, keep writing you do it well.

Raptor Plateado said...

I Love this picture!!! i Like

Dub said...

"I wonder if this mannequin..." Hahaha nice!

Happy New Year and thanks for reminding me of that good ole NorCal love.

Cheers, Ryan