Living in downtown Charleston again has been pretty amazing, and I've only been back a week. I guess I didn't realize just how much it added to my overall balance, but I'm acutely aware of it now.
I moved away for a few reasons, including the fact that it's expensive and I rationalized that it really didn't matter during the winter. A bigger complication, though, was my wrestling. Between work and some flavor of training it was probably best to put myself in a position of relative isolation because all this would have been a distraction.
Now that the wrestling is done I've been wondering to myself what would fill its place. The answer is an obvious one.
As I type this I'm sitting on the end of a pier, with a cruise ship just off to my left, big late-afternoon clouds building behind it, and cool breezes washing across everything. Sunshine is behind me and warm on my shoulders, and boats of various sizes and flavors are out in the harbor. The aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown is across the way with a number of aircraft on her deck, and a destoyer is docked behind her. Off in the distance to my right is Ft. Sumter, and you can see the colors on the flag as it flies high overhead. It's quite the scene, and it still hasn't sunk in that this is my neighborhood. I only had to walk 3 blocks to get here.
I almost feel guilty sitting at home because there's always something to do or someplace to go - all within walking distance. Great restaurants, live music, the ocean, the battery...it's all right here.
Sunday mornings are magic. The early sun on an almost deserted Charleston lends itself to taking great photos, or simply walking and soaking it all in. I woke up this morning at 6:30 and was already out with my camera by 7:30. Ninety minutes later I was back home, made a batch of fresh blueberry pancakes, and headed to the beach for an hour. I typically try to go there to connect spiritually every week if I can....
I should probably be home unpacking but as I said, this time is too nice to be stuck indoors so I'll do some later. I think I've made it over the hump of total chaos and there's more order than mess right now. More importantly, I know where most things are.
I'll share something else today. I went for a date a week ago Thursday and had a wonderful time. I have no idea where it's going, but I attribute the fact that it's happening at all to the fact I'm living down here, and have become more socially available.
Of course, there's always the speed bump that comes with getting to the point of deciding to share details of your life but we're not there yet.