For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It’s always our self we find in the sea.
Raised in Southern California, I was never far from water. Where the water met the sand was where I called home. Waves crashing onto land change the landscape with every flow. The vastness of it all reminds us how very small we are. Water is a calming force and a revitalizing matter which is why I feel happiest when I am within a stones throw of a bay. My most precious memories of my life took place along the coast; swimming with friends, fishing with my father, kayaking with my family, long walks with loved ones in the sand, cartwheels in the waves with my sister….a proposal of marriage on the beach most near and dear to my heart.
Now that home for me is in Seattle, WA, and though I write this as I’m perched overlooking Alki Beach from our living room, there are less waves to be seen and more rain. I have never been one to discriminate, and my time here in the Pacific Northwest has reminded me that rain too is a natural release from the ordinary. I have allowed it to sooth me and welcome it’s ability to wash away the old and inspire the new.
Waves + Rain. Each have made me who I am today.