Like I mentioned in my last post, while I don’t always make it the twenty feet out to the beach other than at sunrise and sunset, I do actually spend about 90% of my waking hours outside. I have a covered patio with an electrical outlet and the hotel provided me with a table and chairs to work at during the day. I also have two lounge chairs but often find myself getting a little too comfortable in them when I’m trying to work (I revert back to vacation mode and a cold beer and siesta often calls out to me when I sit on them). The hotel restaurant and lobby are also open-air so the only time I’m ever inside is when I’m in my room – which is hardly ever since even when it rains, it’s still warm and I can sit outside.
This is the opposite of my life the last few years. Living in California, I was confined to my house. I would often look at caged birds and understand their plight – neither of us had freedom to live the lives we were supposed to live. When I tried to leave my house, I’d suffer from severe allergies. Technically, it wasn’t actually an allergy but that was the only way to describe it so people could understand. And even then, often they’d think I was just exaggerating, thinking “how bad could it really be, she just has allergies.” The suffering I’ve experienced in my health over the last few years has been unbearable. If I spent any time outside, I would often spend days after with nonstop watering eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and ear aches. It sometimes got so bad that I couldn’t even breathe out of my nose long enough to be able to eat with my mouth closed. I would end up not only with a red and raw nose but also large red spots around my eyes from the nonstop watering. My only reprieve was visiting tropical warm climates like Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Cuba. Mentally, the confinement took its toll on me. The only thing that kept me going this last year was knowing I was moving.
Now, I finally feel free…and happy. I can sit outside all day and not have a single allergy (except, of course, to the darn mosquitoes and no-see-ums). So I take walks on the beach every morning, walk into town, eat outside at every meal, socialize with guests (sometimes a little too much as there is work to be done!) and staff and thoroughly enjoy every waking moment. This is how life is supposed to be.