I was thinking that this birthday called for a grandiose post about what I’ve learned in life or how it feels to be older and wiser. I covered my “7 Life Lessons” a couple months ago, so here I sit…contemplating what to write about.
To celebrate this milestone, we flew to South Beach and settled in at the Mondrian, a mecca of design and “all the pretty things” that capture Miami’s essence. The interior #werqs: black and white, shiny and fierce, a chill vibe and killer bayside view of Miami at sunset.
Being surrounded by all this gleaming brilliance is transcendent: it feels special and blindingly beautiful. It’s glitter and pixie dust. The stuff that dreams are made of…so when I looked at my nightstand, I found the most unexpected message.
“The mundane is to be cherished.”
Ok it’s more than slightly ironic that this weighty nugget of wisdom is being shared in the most opulent of environments. But I’d also like to think it’s fate. It’s my mantra, packed into a tight, pithy bold Helvetica package.
We can go away, surround ourselves with magic for a few cherished moments or days…but eventually we have to go home. The trick is taking it with you. The optimism. The chill. The sense of whimsy. The deep inhale and exhale. The inspiration in little things—simple things—wherever we are, whatever we’re doing.
It’s looking through a lens of sea glass. A lot has changed over the years, but the center holds. My manifesto is the same. You can have it all. Just not all the time. Perhaps not all at once. Inspiration lives in moments.
And the most vibrant, thrilling, moment of this trip didn’t cost a thing…but I walked away with riches.