I Left My Heart in Encinitas

My friend, Jean, was kind enough to let me stay with her since my arrival in Encinitas on Saturday evening. I’ll be with her until Monday, when I will be able to move into the townhome I’ll be sharing with the owner. Jean, who lives two-and-a-half miles from the area I’ll be living in, is also letting me use her Honda Fit. When I lived in Encinitas for five months earlier this year, I did not have a car. So you’d think that I would be happy to have a vehicle to tool around in.

Not so much.

Living a couple miles away from my stomping grounds and driving everywhere is a completely different experience than living where I want to be and walking everywhere. In fact, at times it doesn’t even feel like I’m in Encinitas. Driving in the area of town where I used to navigate exclusively on foot makes me tense. I do not like stop signs. I do not like having to watch out for pedestrians. I do not like not being able to find a parking space. What I do like is not having to concern myself with such trifles. No car = no stress.

In a matter of days, all will be as I like it. I will be immersed in the social and spiritual community that I felt so comfortable in during my previous five-month stay. I will feel rooted. I will feel connected.  I will feel like I am part of the fabric of the community. I will be living simply, inexpensively and reverently. It will be heavenly.

It was nice to spend three months in Minnesota visiting family and friends, but halfway through my time there, something shifted inside me. While I still felt at home in Minnesota, I no longer felt like I belonged there. I had left my heart in Encinitas and I am overjoyed to bring the rest of me back as well.

This time I’m here to stay, unless and until life decides it has other plans for me. I plan on going back to Minnesota once or twice a year for two to six weeks at a time. So if you want to drop me a note, this is where I’ll be. You can address it very simply:

Phil Bolsta

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