I was on my way back from work and my mind sank back into its usual routine. What should I eat for dinner? What should I do this evening to feel productive?
As I pondered these questions, I looked outside and noticed the clear skies and the sun shining brightly. I needed to be get outside of my house. I wanted to do something different with my Thursday evening but I did not want to go out and socialize. No, I had no social energy. I needed some enjoyable alone time.
I decided to go on a walk. My original thought was to go down to the Marina, watch the sunset, and then pick up groceries to feel productive. After thinking about it, I realized I didn’t want to pollute my pleasant walk with mundane chores, so I quickly canned the grocery shopping idea.
I walked to Fort Mason, paused, and took a long deep breath. Wow this feels nice. I strolled down the hill and hiked back up. Then, I proceeded out to the Marina to watch sun set. I tried to capture the beauty by furiously taking pictures on my phone. My pictures didn’t do it justice and I was disappointed at first, but sometimes beauty is best preserved in our thoughts.
A cup of coffee or hot tea would make this evening complete, I thought to myself. I walked down to the Starbucks but much to my dismay, it was closed! Then it dawned on me…there is a cute cafe/gallery/bar in Fort Mason. I couldn’t recall the name but I knew exactly where to go. My leisurely stroll finally had a mission.
It’s hard to describe this venue. The Interval feels like an old library with its tall bookshelves and spiraling staircase, but it has a bar/cafe tucked in the corner. It neighbors the restaurant Greens, and has a beautiful view of the bay from the back window.
photo via Meetup.com
There were decent amount of visitors that evening but by no means was the place crowded. I took a seat at the bar and ordered a drink. I made small talk with my neighbor, asked the bartender a few questions, and then enjoyed my drink while I people-watched.
Why don’t I do this more often? It’s extremely liberating when you finally feel comfortable being alone. Being alone doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is when I have no one to share my experiences with post-adventure, which is why I turn to you guys! I think sharing is what completes lone explorations.