Eyes to see
Did I ever stipulate that this was a home-improvement-only blog? I hope not. Because there’s more out there.
Earlier today I was squinting at my computer screen while trying to escape the direct glare from the setting sun by cocking my head at strange angles. I couldn’t bring myself to close the blinds as I was craving sunlight, but it was cold and windy out there and I had work to do.
My dad always loved sunsets. He would stop whatever he was doing and make a beeline for the deck at the first hint of that golden sheen. He’d try to get us all to go out there and enjoy it, no matter what we happened to be doing at the time.
I was thinking of my dad while squinting past the golden rays and decided to step away from the computer and go out just for a second.
Sure enough, it was pretty frigid in our wind-tunnel of a wooden stairway, but I toughed it out for a time and let the rays fall across my face. My dad wouldn’t have let the wind keep him from enjoying the setting sun. I crossed my arms across my chest and jumped up and down a few times to coax my body into staying out just a bit longer… when an idea struck me.
Long story short, I recently stopped going to the gym with Lih because it’s a huge time-sink, I don’t enjoy it, and I’ve been wanting to try exercising outside instead. It’s hard in Daly City — I go for a run when the sun comes out, but that definitely doesn’t happen every day. On the foggy days, sometimes I jump rope in my living room, but more often than not, I skip my workout.
See where this is going? It just so happens that today was a skipped-workout day. And I was shivering in the stairwell, jumping up and down to keep warm in order to watch the sunset a bit longer. Huh.
Moments later, jump rope in hand, I was happily working out, plenty warm, and able to fully enjoy the sunset for the first time in a long time.
Did I mention my dad was also fanatic about getting his exercise? I don’t have words to describe how amazing it felt to connect with him in these two ways at once… but suffice it to say I was grinning ear-to-ear with tears rolling down my cheeks. I think this will become a regular part of my day.
One more thing I’ve noticed before but not been able to fully enjoy because of the cold… just as the sun slips beneath the horizon, Daly City looks a whole lot like Mykonos at the same time of day.
My cousin posted this on FB earlier today.
I was thinking of that quote and seeing in my mind’s eye our pictures of Greece as I really SAW the view from our own wooden stairwell.
No, I didn’t get any of the actual setting sun — I was too busy enjoying the moment.
Sometimes a tiny change can make a world of difference.