One sunny day, driving down Main Street in a small town, I had the tangible experience that it is possible to create the life you want. “Creating the life you want” sounds like a vague concept, until you actually experience it happen. The truth is, there is no reason why you can’t examine all areas of your life, and if you don’t like something, change it! What do you envision? What kind of life do you want to live? The first step, of course, is to become as clear as possible on what you want (no, you don’t have to know everything, but attempt to become as clear as you can be). When I first began creating a new reality for myself, I spent the time to journal, meditate and sit down and consider what I really wanted my life to look like.
As I looked within myself, I kept seeing the vision of living in a small coastal town. Every time I looked into my desires, and worked to get clear on them, that vision kept rising up from the depths inside me. I wanted to live in a small town on the coast of California, and it turns out, I could create that reality! From the moment I quit my job and the safety net of my apartment, and left the life I had, to travel and explore, I had made room for this dream to occur.
When you leave one situation, no matter how scary it is to leave, all you are doing is making room for something else to occur.
I left my life, and after many months on the road, exploring the United States, I decided it was time to lean into that beach town dream. Early one September morning, I crossed back into California from Nevada. I had been driving for days, and was exhausted. I slept in Reno the night before, in the lights, gambling and cigarette smoke, with the knowledge that the delicious state border was waiting for me in the morning. The morning felt fresh and exciting. I had my coffee, music, and the crisp, sunny, golden air. Crossing the border into the Sierra Nevada mountains was magical.
The I-80 West wound through the mountains, through Truckee and onward, until I began to near the coast, and then the road became windy and curved through the redwoods. I passed the occasional logging truck with trees cut and trimmed into logs and tied to the flatbed.
And then I reached my destination; a small town on the California coast.
I drove down the Main Street, lined with cute little shops, with beach scenes, starfish and anchors, and all the pretty blues sparkling in the window displays. The town was small, surrounded by shaggy forests and mountains. The beach was on my left. From the corner of my eye, the blue Pacific Ocean shimmered outwards into the horizon of the calm, blue sky. It was like the vision that had been inside me all this time had manifested into reality.
I slowed to a stop at a stoplight and thought, ohmygod, I did it. I made this happen.
That day I arrived on the coast of California, as I drove into town, I felt deeply the truth that you are not a helpless victim of your life and circumstances. You can play with it, you can make small changes, you can make big changes. You can recreate it all from scratch, or just change how you spend your weekends. You can create your own reality.
And this current reality, with it’s coastal trails, abundant nature and sparkling ocean, is so incredibly beautiful.