San Francisco demonstrates Otherness
What is this energy I feel here?
I cannot escape it.
Great restaurants, experiences, opportunities, and beauty everywhere I turn.
Before I hopped on a plane to embark on this adventure, every single person I informed that I was going to San Francisco said, “I love it there,” and would proceed to tell me of the last time they visited and the wonderful indulgences presented to them while there.
A passion and pride exists among the residents.
Ahhh, I know. They love it here. They choose to be here. They work a little harder so they can partake, collectively, of this great place, and they want to keep it that way. It is a societal desire, and I feel it in the air. I felt it when I visited Seattle and Victoria. In the NW, there was more of an urgency to protect their land, sustain the environment and its beauty. Here in San Francisco, the unspoken energy says, “This place is special. Opportunities are endless to be ourselves and create whatever we decide. We love it and want to keep loving it.” Everyone I have met has an “I am lucky to be here” countenance. I have not heard one complaint, even in these past few chilly mornings. Put on a jacket, it’s all good.
I am not your typical tourist. I do not need to see every monument your town boasts. I simply bask in your aura, and San Francisco has a bright, hopeful, exciting, luxurious, creative, and prideful in the best way, kind of aura.
A friend of mine recently packed up his life and moved from Pittsburgh to San Francisco. We met in Phoenix upon his journey there. I came here to visit him for the holidays and experience this city for myself. His line of work boasts the greatest opportunities here. He followed his heart, and now lives amongst kindreds, doing the same. He and this great city can be an example to us all. We can all make where we are, special. We can pursue our dreams and grasp gratitude. We do not need to pick up and move as he did, but we can look around and appreciate the uniqueness of our own surroundings, live with passion, and care about our collective community enough to make it amazing. It is a healthy, selfish quest, for it creates enjoyment for all. A perfect word to describe its effects: otherness. Any act that includes the happiness of others, originates from a desire to live out our own passion. Our passions are our gifts to this Earth. San Francisco is awesome because it is filled with passionate people, collectively impacting each other to create a thriving environment for all to love.
We can all be awesome anytime, anywhere. Thank you San Francisco for showing us how.
Release to Unleash
Are you living out your passion?
Do you participate in making your environment amazing?