Monday, February 26, 2018

Seas The Day!

Life is a crazy thing! It's totally unpredictable and defies definition. What is "a normal life" to one person, can mean something far and away different to another. It's like the old "E Ticket" rides at Disney; the most thrilling, daring ones, not meant for the faint of heart.  It's an incredible adventure highlighted with ups and downs, and even sideways and spins! Mine is no exception, especially since Jim's passing. What was once every day is now so foreign. What I've often referred to as "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride", another Disney feature, is now running at an even more hectic pace. I never know if that door I'm running full speed towards is going to fly open at the last minute, or stay closed, impeding my progress and giving me one heck of a head ache! Life is wonderful, and it's also exhausting. 

This gives us all reason to recharge; to find our happy place and rejuvenate our bodies and souls. For me, that location has always been the beach, which is the main reason we moved here in December of 2015. Listening to the waves, taking in the salty aroma, admiring the ocean's beauty and taking time to slow down and participate in life are all very healing. 
Our weather has warmed back up, so recently my daughter, Shannon, and I dropped the kids off at school and took one of our dogs, Chloe, to the beach. 

We are so fortunate that the shore is less than five minutes from our house, with access points all along Ocean Blvd. My mobility is somewhat limited due to major spine issues, but I have a walker with big wheels made to traverse the sand. I'm still far away from the miles of beach and boardwalk walking I used to do, but it works. I positioned myself right at the water's edge while Shannon and Chloe went for a walk. 

It was quite foggy, lending a soft look to my photos - some almost look black and white! I was happily filming a little video for my Facebook page, when the waves came up beyond my feet! I moved back, they followed. I scooted back some more, and again they charged. What do you know? Low Tide! By the time Shannon got back, I was quite a distance from where I'd started, and so was the water!

What a beautiful morning it was, despite the fog! We collected several of the shells scattered along the sand, got our feet wet (the water was unexpectedly warm), drank our coffee and just took it all in. Big, relaxed, contented sighs.


It didn't release us from our troubles, but it cleared our heads and provided us with a reminder that there are many wonderful, precious parts of the circus we call life and we need to make a point to enjoy them. While it's tempting at times to curl up into a ball and hide, with a bit of effort, we can take ourselves to our happy, healthy and therapeutic place and not just exist, but relearn how to live!

I hope you're doing well. I hope that you have a place that nourishes your mind, heart, soul and body. Take yourself there. You deserve it!

3 comments:

  1. Like you, the ocean, nurtures me. I miss that being here in the midwest. While I am lucky to have 'big water' (the bay of Green Bay) outside my door it is not the same as the ocean and/or having the beach to walk on.

    I am sure you are striving to find your new normal still. In a way it is a blessing that you moved there before he passed though. At least you have the good memories there and didn't have to worry about moving afterwards.

    Blessings and love- Diana

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Diana! You're such a love! Yes, I am so glad we were able to move here while Jim was able! He Loved it here! He'd actually come home and exclaim that! We were able to capture some beautiful memories while we could and striving to make this the beach home and life we dreamed of keeps me going! 😎💜

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  2. Hi Leena! I love, love, love that photo of your daughter and the dog walking on the beach in the fog. I have never been to Myrtle Beach but it is on my bucket list. I'm sorry to hear that your lost your husband last summer. I'm glad that you have your daughter, grandchildren and puppies with you to keep you company.I live 3 hours from the beach...it would be so lovely to be closer like you are. Can't wait to see your St. Patrick's Day decorations. I read your post about your Valentine decorations...they were really cute.

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