After I left work today, I stopped by Anthropologie to do an exchange. The store is about four blocks from my office. Once I'd finished that, I headed off to BART so I could get home.
And I passed this site, the Cable Car turn around, which is always bustling with activity. From street performers, to shoppers, to lots of tourists, to the Cable Car operators, to commuters. And for some reason, I was instantly aware of how how amazing San Francisco is, how much I love this city, how excited I am to work downtown everyday and be a part of this scene. Here I was, just ending my week, nearly taking this site for granted. Instead, something went off in my head. I actually saw the tourists who were so excited to be in line for a Cable Car ride. I noticed the street performers. I took in the shoppers who were running between stores. For a moment, I was totally aware of my surroundings.
And, I found myself immensely grateful for the city, my job, and my life. It was a really great feeling.