Hello SOTGC community,
This past weekend I did something rare. I took two and a half days off; hardly any social media and only checking my phone on the rare occasion. I spent those days trying new things and experiencing the city I have lived in almost all my life, almost as if it were the first time visiting. I took those days to step back from my “perceived view” of the city and the people who live in and visit it, and tried to look at everything from fresh eyes.
It was amazing what I found. I learned about some of the history with various buildings I’d driven or walked by for years. I took the ferry for the first time from downtown San Diego over to Coronado, and instead of driving through the island I, walked it.
I observed people and their interactions together like it was the first time I was here and I wanted to get a feel for the local culture. What I found was that because of the judgement and perception I had created of “what San Diego was all about”…I had fallen out of love with it. In this quest to cast away those perceptions, I realized how lucky I am to live in such a unique place. Once I stopped taking for granted all the amazing places and the culture that makes San Diego different, I found love again.
If you get anything from this post, it’s that sometime we think we have fallen out of love with something, or that our “heart is no longer in ” a job, relationship, or hobby. Sometimes this is correct, and it’s time to gracefully move on. However, sometimes you have to force yourself to step back and truly release all judgement of what you perceive the shortcomings to be…and with that…once again find love.