A relaxed work day in San Diego

Even though today is not too eventful, I don’t want to let go of the habit of writing daily. So I think my challenge here is to write something interesting on a day where not so much seems to happen. I start the day with some work, having a call with a client back home about the finishing of a website. Then I go to the hotel restaurant for breakfast. I find the food not too impressive, but mentioning this also shows me how spoiled I am. The people that work here are really friendly though. One waiter wished me a “Fantastic day”. What a lovely thing to wish someone. I think we should do that more, perhaps also to ourselves. I keep working until the afternoon, but when I see sunshine and blue skies outside, I feel the desire to leave the hotel room. I walk through the neighborhood and see some car rental places. I inquire the prices for renting a minivan for a couple of weeks as preparation for a potential road trip. Still wanting to do a bit of work before the end of the day, so I take the bus to Pacific Beach, the neighborhood where I stayed the past few days, to go to the Starbucks where I worked before. I enjoy listening to an audio book again during the ride. It’s nice to be back at the coffice. I end up working for quite a few hours and before I know it, it’s dark outside and time to go back home. During work I tried to change the date for the flight back to the Netherlands, but the support of Delta is very disappointing. So I’m not sure yet if that’ll work out. On the way back to the hotel I accidentally check in for the train instead of the trolly, which costs me six bucks. Good tip for when you’re in San Diego: make sure you check in at the right pole, they look almost exactly the same. I think traveling is a good school for learning patience and being flexible. Still a bit bummed by my mistake as I walk back to my hotel. When I see several homeless people on the sidewalk I realize that I have no reason to be in a bad mood, I have so much to be thankful for. I’m learning more and more that the joy of life is for a big part the perspective you choose. Are you unhappy about what you don’t have or about what happened to you or will you choose to be thankful for what you do have? There is always something to be thankful for if you look for it. I’m also thankful that I have food left from yesterday, so I can just heat that up and have a relaxing dinner again. Tomorrow is the last day of the year, I think I’ll use part of it to set the goals for 2022.

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