Challenge Me: Day #1

During my last therapy session, my therapist noted that I should do more for my own self-care and well-being as I prepare for this next year of my life (birthday is on Saturday). I was taken aback by her suggestion, but if I’m going to be honest, it’s been one hell of a year and she is right. I have to say that 2017 has been an exhausting year in all facets especially with 45 “living” over on 1600  Penn in D.C.. I feel that every day there’s a story I’m waking up to that shows a level of ridiculousness that I didn’t think 45 could top prior to reading the news. He’s not good for the spirit, body, and mind at all. And then, you have some wypipo out here being upset about EVERYTHING under the sun: kneeling during the national anthem, Black people asking to be treated with respect and equity,  Jay Z saying Jewish people owning property in America, and more. I’m tired. I’m exhausted. I’m tih’d (if you’re from the South, you know how to say this already).

In an effort to refocus, I’m challenging myself to write one post a day focused on something positive that happened during the day. My plan is to get it out before 11:59p that day and I hope that you all join me on this journey.I encourage you to do the same in a small journal, notepad, book, and let’s keep each other accountable! Here we go:

While driving back home this evening with my wife, the music was playing and one song in particular came on that I was not expecting at all. Phantom Planet’s California blared through the speakers and it did not take long for my wife to have a puzzled look on her face. Almost immediately, I went into singing the song at the top of my lungs and I felt joy spread throughout my body because I know the special meaning that this song holds in my life. You see, when I was in high school, there was this show called the The O.C. that was running on FOX that depicted the life of a couple of teenagers in Orange County, California. Although the show was super dramatic, it’s still one of my all-time favorite television shows ever. The characters were cool, California was even cooler!

I never went to California as a child, yet I felt a weird connection with this show (at least for the first few seasons). I remember playing this song on my Zune (I’m dating myself now) and I said when I get to California at some point in my life, I would play this song only to have played it a couple times on the way to Santa Barbara a couple of years ago. The song is much more meaningful now that I found myself understanding the references in the lyrics and my appreciation even for the show increased because I’ve been able to see some of the sights from the show. Most importantly, the song reminded me of my goal to get to California and how I actually did it after all these years. Despite the short amount of time I’ve been in the Golden State, this song reminded me I have a long way to go to see everything up and down the 101:

California-Phantom Planet

We’ve been on the run
Driving in the sun
Looking out for #1
California here we come
Right back where we started from

Hustlers grab your guns
Your shadow weighs a ton
Driving down the 101
California here we come
Right back where we started from


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