I always have a story cooking in my mind and have to jot it down so I can clear my head. Before the pandemic, on planned days off, I would camp, fish, wander the North Pacific Coast. A trip or two on my Harley where I'd stop anywhere that looked interesting, taking pictures & jotting down notes so I could remember what intrigued me with that location (Diners, Gift shops, beaches, Harbors etc. Being out in the open near a body of water is my stress reliever! Those memories might make decent essays.