Cute Girls On The Beach
Heading back home today. Thank goodness it's a short week with the holiday on Thursday. I didn't realize how tired and stressed I felt until I took a few days away from work.
Every time I visit Provincetown, I think what it would be like to just actually live here. During the off-season, you get a chance to chat with some of the locals, folks who have given up the nine to five to live here year round. Most seem work in the service industry, bar tending or waiting tables. They work their ass off all season. When the fall/winter comes and the restaurants close up till the spring, they collect unemployment and, if they have made enough money during the high season, travel to places much warmer than Cape Cod.
I'm not sure I could actually do that, although about half of the folks I have spoken with seem to just thrive. One or two have mentioned they can't take another winter season. They say living here full time and visiting on vacation are two very different things.
Could you do it? Could you give up your career to live year round at the ocean, the mountains, where ever it is you love to go?
You brought your babies with you. (smile)
Second, looking back on life now, I would absolutely advocate living/being happy with one's life and not attempting to find happiness in a vocation based on a paycheck. If living on the beach, in the mountains or middle of the desert makes you happy, then that's exactly where you should start.
Really, really good post, CJ!
Ronia you inspire me to think about doing what fuels ones passion.
Hi Ellie! Ok, that makes the count 2 - 0 for living where you really want to be.
Hey Chewy. Yes, the girlz needed a little vacation too. Cierra loved chasing the waves. It was her first time seeing the ocean. Not so sure if I could actually do it either but sometime it is very tempting.
Thank you Solo. I'll give the girlz a big kiss from Auntie Solo! I know what you're saying - I feel sometimes my long days are totally based on chasing the bigger paychecks I can get by commuting to Boston. I feel like I am missing out on a lot.
I love asking the locals (transients mostly) how they like living there. In season and especially off season. It was very quiet when we were there this week and the weather was good. I can only imagine what it is like in January and February. QUIET.
There is so much of Ptown that I haven't even seen yet. I would love to take a month and just explore it in its entirety.
BTW the Senior class this year has a whopping SIX students graduating. Can you imagine that? SIX!
I had a friend in college who's family lived on Nantucket. Her Dad was a retired welder who became a metal sculptor and his wife owned a gallery on the pier. The off season there was beautiful.
happy thanksgiving, CJ, i'm thankful for our blogging friendship :o)