Everyday Words

October 20, 2005

It had been a whirlwind morning of darting through Santa Monica, Brentwood and Beverly Hills for several different projects I have going on.It was at four that I decided to head home and grab a quick bite before heading out once again. But it had become rather cold outside due to the marine layer and the cosiness of the mist changed my mind and had me instead wanting to do something I don’t normally do – chill out.

Instead of hopping in the car, I walked through my neighbourhood, admiring so many of the Halloween decorations that are out. This inspired me as this Halloween I’m going to only my second Halloween party – something I don’t normally do. After walking twenty blocks up I moved over to the boutique lined street, Montana Ave where I decided to take my time walking down, stopping into shops and do a bit of window shopping at a very leisurely pace. I hadn’t been on this street for so long, least of all shopping. But on this afternoon I decided to do something I don’t normally do.

The closer I got to my flat, the colder it became so I decided to pop into the cafe for a latte, a bit of warmth and an excuse to sit down outside and people watch. It was good. I’ve been having my tea and coffee on the go for so long that I forgot how wonderful it is to sit under heater lamps, wrapping my small hands around a big mug of hot.

As I sat I began to wonder what I’d do once home – so many things need to be done. So many. Perhaps it was the cooler, cosy weather or the coffee in my hand but I decided that tonight, well tonight would be a night of couch and duvet lovin’, homemade soup and movies – something I hardly ever do.

I walked across the street to the video store where I saw a very well-known actor that I tend to see a lot of. In fact, he often helps me at the grocery by getting things off the high shelves. Upon seeing each other we said ‘hi’ in that “I-kind-of-know-you-but-only-because-I-see-you-everywhere” kind of way. And then I did something else I don’t normally do – I struck up a conversation.

“Since you work in the business,” I said, “Maybe you have some movies to recommend as I have absolutely no ideas at the moment.”

“What do you like?” he asked and I rattled off a few of my favourite films, explaining that generally speaking, I don’t go for the latest Hollywood blockbusters or too many indie flicks.

“Well,” he said, “maybe you should get something you normally wouldn’t” and recommended a Hollywood blockbuster and an indie flick. I rented them both.

For the most part, I like how things are, how I work, what I do. But comfort can stop growth and it’s good to sometimes shake things up a bit and push oneself out of their comfort zone. Not by making crazy, big leaps, changing everything all at once, piercing body parts to match the new blue hair, but just little things to keep things interesting, moving, and growing.

Just little bits of something I don’t normally do, slowly adding up.

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