A Day in San Francisco | A Century of Happiness

“Life is a gift, life is happiness, every minute could be a century of happiness.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

My view of San Francisco at sunrise.
Did I ever think that I would love San Francisco? Frankly, no. I never really liked California in general.
But I do now.
Kim and I took the day off to explore the area and it was amazing.
All day long I thought about this quote by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “Life is a gift, life is happiness, every minute could be a century of happiness.” From sunrise to sunset, I tried to savor every moment.
Kim and I started off the day with omelets, a San Franciscan tradition of ours made better by Jamie Oliver. Once we finished eating I published a post announcing that I had finished the first draft of my book—a pretty good start to the day if you ask me.
Muir Woods
We then watched an episode of Star Trek TNG, not because of the fact that Starfleet Academy is based in San Francisco, but because of the fact that we’re both nerds.
After that, we drove to Muir Woods. Before we went in, we ate lunch in my car (best sandwiches ever, Kim! Avocado was a good choice!). Kim and I asked each other questions from 300 Questions LDS Couples Should Ask Before Marriage (a recent favorite of ours—Kim is constantly scoring big on her answers).
When we finished eating, Kim and I went on a lovely walk through the park. Having both grown up in the mountains of Utah, it’s wonderful to be able go through a green forest on a warm day in the middle of winter. At one point I stopped to sit on a bench and after a few minutes Kim said: “Okay, are you done taking a break?” Puzzled, I looked at her and said: “Taking a break? I’m not taking a break. I’m taking everything in.” She laughed.
We drove back into the city, took the metro downtown and walked to Pier 39. I think that’s when I really started to take everything in. The street lights, the smell of the sea and the food (and the seafood), the sound of the ocean and the sea lions…it all seems a bit surreal. Kim and I stopped at the edge of the pier and looked out at the ocean and I couldn’t help but feel like I was living my best dream. Within that minute on the pier I felt like I was living a century of happiness.
“Life is a gift, life is happiness, every minute could be a century of happiness.”

My view of San Francisco at sunset.



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