If I lived in a small town near mountains and the sea


I would…

  • rise at five and write down the night’s dreams, then wash all thought of more sleep away with cold water from an earthen jar. Do a few sun salutations.
  • bike to the beach and run barefoot along the strand ‘til dawn, or paddle around in the dark water until the tide recedes as the sun comes up.
  • head to the market to buy fish from the morning’s catch, vegetables, fruits, eggs, and bread.
  • put coffee in the percolator as I prepare a breakfast of vegetable frittata and toast. Eat breakfast in the veranda while listening to the dawn chorus.
  • clean, cut, and marinate the fish.
  • arrange dishes in the sink, sweep the floor, make my bed, bathe, and get dressed.
  • settle down at my workstation in front of a window, answer emails, read revisions, edit manuscripts. Get in four hours of work.
  • grill the fish, an eggplant and tomatoes, and make moussaka for lunch.
  • wash the dishes.
  • take a thirty-minute nap.
  • read, edit, and write until late afternoon.
  • practice yoga when the golden hour falls.
  • shower and leave the house at sundown, head to the seaside bistro for an early supper. Chat with friends, other locals, and maybe travelers.
  • be back at home by eight, play piano music and read a book, and be asleep by half-past ten.
  • go hiking on weekends, and spend Saturday nights camping on the beach or the mountain, meditating under the stars at night and breathing in the nippy morning air.

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