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Well friends, I am thankful for a safe trip with my bride to Destin, Florida this past weekend.  We were there celebrating our 5 year anniversary and also our first vacation together away from our two young children.  Both of us needed some good rest on this trip.  Unfortunately, I spent the first 30 hours or so of our vacation yacking up some bad shellfish.  Good times…on our anniversary.  My wife was so wonderful as she has been in the 8 years I have known her and took good care of me.  But, it did cause us to change our plans, one of them being a day trip over to Seaside.  Seaside is an architectural achievement compared to the style of bland rows and rows of houses we’ve seen since WWII.  As I expected, I loved this town.  I was enamored by it.  I was lost in it.

In this movie still from The Truman Show, Jim Carey is shown walking in Seaside, Florida. Source: Jim Carrey Online

If you haven’t visited Seaside, you most likely recognize it from the famous movie from 1998, The Truman Show.  Yep, The Truman Show is to this day one of the most creative movies to enter pop culture.  It’s clever theme preceeded the voyeur-centric television we became so enamored with in the 2000’s.  Peter Weir is one of my favorite directors and captured something special we should all pay close attention.

There is something more, though.

Seaside as an idea, is an escape.  But, an escape to where, when, and about what?  Working in publishing, I can understand why Fiction is one of the bestselling genres not just in books but in all forms of media.  At times, we yearn to get away from this painful world and to just rest or become someone else.  As a Christian, I am reminded often that this world is a temporary place, but I still want to make the most of the time given to me.  My trip to Seaside made me aware that in life there is much work to be done in its adventure.

Seaside shall wait to me in the meantime.  But, it sure was nice to have that rest in the midst of battle.

What does your heart tell you when you want to escape?