#reverb10, Dec 4:
Prompt: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?
This year I cultivated a sense of wonder by watching the ocean. Despite San Diego’s perch on the cusp of the Pacific, I haven’t spent much time at the beach while I’ve lived here. In 2010 though, I chose many bike routes that would take me to the water’s edge. I rode the Ocean Beach bike path to see big, tumultuous waves roll in, rode up Sunset Cliffs Boulevard to watch the surfers, and out to Cabrillo National Monument to watch ships come in and try to catch a glimpse of migrating whales. Seeing the ocean as both an untamed force of nature and a surface that connects San Diego to the entirety of the Pacific Rim never fails to instill a sense of wonder.
And, Dec 5: Prompt: Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why?
This year, I’ve tried to let go of unnecessary/imaginary sources of obligation and embraced doing things on my own timeline. Examples: I’ve learned to embrace my increasing fitness and skills on my bike without worrying about how much faster other people are going, and signed up to do #reverb10 even though I’ll probably be behind schedule for more than a few days out of the month. This allows me to embrace the journey and spend more time enjoying the activities I’m partaking of rather than worrying about what I’m not accomplishing.