I hadn't planned on getting out of the house that morning. I had a full day of work ahead of me that would require more hours in front of a computer screen than I wanted to admit. As I looked out over the city from my living room window, I suddenly felt this overwhelming need to be somewhere else. I felt restless. I knew it was time to shut the computer down, to escape life for a bit, to de-stress, and to go visit my dear friend, the Pacific.
Without giving it much more thought, I threw on some clothes, convinced a friend to come along for the drive, and hopped in the car. Driving west I entered into the tunnel that connects I-10 to the PCH, and then just like that, Los Angeles was in my rear view. All I saw was her; and, she was as beautiful as always. The weight on my chest felt a little lighter, and suddenly I could breath a little deeper. I let the ocean air fill my lungs. Ahhh... the Pacific.
Instead of driving to my usual spots, we decided to stop for lunch at the Malibu Pier, something neither of us had ever done before. Overlooking the ocean, we shared stories, we laughed, we ate until we couldn't eat any more, and we de-compressed. For me, it was exactly what I had needed without fully realizing it was what I needed. It was just enough to give us a taste of leaving the city without having to drive too much farther up the coast.
The food at Malibu Farm was delicious and all from local farms. The scenery was, of course, stunning. And, the walk along the pier ended with a quaint coffee stop and a cool California boutique shop. And just like that, within a few hours, I was back at home and sitting at my work desk full of the inspiration I had so desired.
Perhaps, that restlessness I feel from time to time is my mind letting me know that it needs a breather. It needs some creative inspiration to rejuvenate and propel itself forward. The main reason I love being based out of Los Angeles is that when I reach a point of work overload, I can easily escape for a few moments of adventure and inspiration. When the time comes and I need to just get out and clear my head, the desert, the mountains, and the ocean are always there with open arms offering a grounding sense of peace and a breath of fresh air.