I (joe) never liked San Francisco. As a kid...every time I went there, something bad happened to me. In high school I got into "an altercation" with a street performer. In college I sat next to a serial killer on a bus. On another occasion, a pigeon stole my sourdough chowder bowl. I still hate pigeons.
But all that changed a year ago. Two friends of mine took me to San Francisco to redeem the city for me. We explored the city on bikes for 8+ hours. We rode, stopped, hung out, drank great coffee, and ate amazing food. Seeing the city with a fresh set of eyes....changed the city for me. I no longer saw it through the lens of it's deficits, I saw it through the lens of it's beauty.
Beauty is important.
Look for it everywhere, in everything, and in everyone.
It will change your perspective.
Recently, we took a friend of ours who was visiting from Canada to San Francisco for a day-trip. Even thought we HAD to go to deal with passport issues...we were able to sneak away and spend a day in beautiful SF.
San Francisco is even more beautiful when you can enjoy it with the people you love!
These are good days.