This last weekend was a mad rush up to the end getting everything in order. Dozens of things popped up: doing taxes and financial planning, getting our renter set up in our house, getting a prescription for an infection from Kaiser the day before departure, etc.
|After a yummy shared breakfast in Santa Monica|
When we get back to the U.S. later this year we won't be able to maintain a social schedule that intense. But I definitely plan on devoting a lot more effort to proactively engaging with my friends and network. We can start by eating dinner with other people at least three times per week.
Although this recent regimen might seem exhausting, it was actually empowering. Humans are social animals and it was truly rejuvenating to spend so much time with those we care deeply about. Social networks are an integral part of our personal, professional and emotional lives. They're like gardens, they need active cultivation and irrigation. The fruit tastes a lot better if the tree is well cared for. It's humbling to feel the power of your community around you in such a visceral way. Plus, what better way to connect with someone than over a mouth-watering pair of lovingly crafted carnitas tacos with extra guacamole?! Go buy someone lunch today! It'll make their day, and yours...
P.S. Make sure to check out Drea's chronicles of our amazing adventures at www.dreacastillo.com