CALIFORNIA STATE OF MIND.
By Saida M.
I just gave a girl on the subway a compliment on her fluffy black fake fur jacket and it made her smile ear to ear. She kept smiling as she walked away, as long as I could see, until her face no longer was in my view. In New York we have an anfractuous structure of communication with strangers. We let them in just enough to quickly loose sight of them.
Our beloved Big Apple stands on a tiny patch of land that we all share. New Yorkers crowd together in small apartments, rub shoulders on the subway and fight for patches of day light during lunch break (if we’re lucky to get out at all). Sooner or later we all feel burned out. I love this crazy cooking pot, it’s energy and it’s inhabitants, but I don’t think most people who live here can handle this kind of lifestyle for too long, many leave spent and exhausted. Those who stay receive the honor to call themselves New Yorkers. I am one of them, but lately I have been escaping to California. To dream. To breathe. And to make plans.
It’s hard to imagine, but one can have a day job and surf before work every day. In California.
Manhattan Beach is one of those areas that I’d love to come back to. It’s civilized just enough to not feel plastic and segregated from nature. I generally feel like everything is less stressful when I am in California. Perhaps it’s the short buildings scattered among hills and bays, covered in nature. Or maybe it’s the fact that an average office bathroom here is literally twice the size of my old designer office at Ralph Lauren. No kidding.
Things definitely feel more like “by people- for people” here. Perhaps it is because their patch of land is bigger here and the sky is more accessible.
I recently realized how burned out I was only after 2 entire months in Asia. I wrote about it HERE. I have since promised myself and 2 of my closest people/loves that I will take time to make sure I am in balance. That I will stay in the space I reclaimed deep inside, during my 3 months long adventure. Even when times get stressful and I feel like I’m going to explode in all colors of glitter, Burning Man style, I take time and think back to that state of mind, when you can breathe with open chest, feel the sun on my face, taste salt on my lips. In nature, connected, no matter where I am. A California state of mind, a balanced state of mind. A place I recreate deep inside because I have built it and so I know how to go back.
So, may we all remember that place.
Until the next time, I leave you with a video of my my LA trip and a sneak peek into some of the things we are working on!
TOP – DOO.RI, YOGA TOP- NO NAME (brought on a street market in Vietnam), JEANS – ZARA,
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