You have just joined the Black Bean Culture and in here, we are talking about life altering moments. Moments that feel like you had your socks knocked off.
I love this moment. You don’t realize it when it’s happening but people don’t spy on themselves either.
Nevertheless, it’s liberating.
My life altering moment happened a couple of weeks ago. It just seemed like a wave from a friend in passing. It didn’t occur to me that my friend was here to hangout.
You see, I never belonged anywhere. I moved around my whole life and I was happy to be in any place at any given moment. It felt natural to exchange one place for another— and I wasn’t looking for home.
I am a wonderer.
Every place looked like home at least for a little bit. And for me, home is more than just family, it a place where my soul is fed and my mind is stretched.
Don’t get me wrong, I like traveling. In fact, I feel like the princess in The Princess and the Pea trying to sleep on a bumpy bed when I stay in one place too long. I feel restless but I do want a home base. I want to belong. I want to experience what it feels like to be homesick. A place I can come back to and not just another place I like a little more than the last. Current place excluded, all the other places I have lived in felt like going to the vending machine to get a can of Diet Coke and finding out that you have to settle for Sprite. You are willing to settle for the sake of caffeine and sugar and you may even enjoy it for a little bit but you prefer the latter.
As for my life altering moment, I am sitting on the grass people watching. There are the roller-skaters dancing to the music pumping through the speaker, the skaters practicing doing tricks on their board, the individuals painting the ocean and tourists from all over the world here to take part in the culture that is unique to Venice Beach even if some happen to only participate through their camera lens.
The evening sky is painted with different shades of orange, yellow, blue and gray. Venice is so dreamy; I feel like I am in a movie. And the only thing that went through my mind is…
There is no other place I would rather call home.
I have never felt more at peace than I do at this moment. I have found a home in Venice Beach. It’s quiet liberating to say out loud or let alone write about it. However, I am not hanging-up my adventure hat just yet.
I encourage you to find where you belong and if you do know where that is, go explore the world, learn something new, experience something good and be a part of something—then rejoice in going home again.
Peace, Love, & Black Beans