I’m not quite done with my musings on food, but today I thought I’d take you in another direction and go for a walk on the beach. It just so happens it’s the perfect day for it, and exactly the kind of day you should ditch everything else and go dig those toes in the sand. Sometimes nature just calls to you.
The morning peeked through at a cool 60F (~15C) with no wind and elongated, fluffy clouds. Doggie was already up at 6AM, but stayed diligently in coiled rest (that’s her special “fake” sleep where she lies quietly in tense anticipation, ready to “spring” at the first signs of life) until yours truly had her first cup. As soon as the caffeine coast was cleared she was prancing around, licking me in the face, rushing over to the door, panting and butt jiggling from supersonic wags of her tail.
Okay, okay….I get the message, I’m coming.
We all drove down to the beach and piled out bare-foot and paws for the first sweet light of morning’s glory. And there she was. 15 miles of completely deserted beach (we were quite literally the only car there) with soft waves crashing brilliant white and deep blue sky reflecting the sun’s shallow rays. Long clouds swirled and stretched to the horizon while the lonely sound of the fog horn echoed in the distance.
You were right, doggie…it was definitely the right moment to come.
What followed was a wonderful hour of photography, running & playing in our own little wonderland. The sand was morning cool & slightly damp, the light oh-so-lovely and the water chilly & sharp (who needs espresso, right?). We had open views to Cape Arago 20 miles north and brilliant reflections of the sea stacks from Bandon in the south.
Ah yes, life is good…
It’s days like this that I am thankful to be able to live the life I do. Rather than being shut in a cubicle with fluorescents sucking the life out of me, I’m out here bonding with nature and the reviving smell of the sea in my nose. Rather than stress so intense it caused me to get sick for weeks and faint (true story), I’m so relaxed I can feel the ebb and flow of the ocean in my bones. Is it worth the sacrifice of my former income to do this? Is it worth living a life perceived by some as folly or downright wrong (yes, I’ve been told this)? Is it worth the uncertainty of the future?
In more ways than I can express for us the answer is 100% yes. This life may not be for everyone, but for our purpose, our wants and our dreams it is the perfect match. My hope is everyone has that moment, where they reflect on their life and find peace, no matter what your dreams. And if you’re not there yet? Just take a walk on the beach and you’ll be well on your way.
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