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!