“Dance with the waves, move with the sea. Let the rhythm of the water set your soul free.” – Christy Ann Martine
It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words, a complex point-of-view that is captured into a single photograph. This moment would’ve never been captured had I not convinced my parents to pull over because of the incredible photo opportunity. Little did I know that making a photography detour, in freezing weather would be precisely what my soul needed.
If you live in Southern California, you are well aware of the numerous amount of lush beaches that exist at every corner. Filled with crowds of people wanting nothing more than to have fun and relax in the sunny weather. Not often can you find a clear pristine beachfront, but as you can tell by the photo, it wasn’t necessarily a typical beach day.
I’ve always been connected to the ocean. Whether it be through my mother, who loves the sea and believes that it is the ultimate gift from God. You could say that I have a special bond with the sea because I’m a classic water sign. But regardless of the reason, there is something breath-taking about the fact that water covers roughly 326 million cubic miles of the Earth and has the power to support, destroy, and heal something or someone’s life. It holds mysteries firmly engraved in its salty waves that scientists are continuously discovering!
I seem perfectly calm. But at the time I felt as though I’d been flung into a tornado or put on an uncontrollable roller-coaster; racing and zipping past crucial moments that I didn’t want to miss or let go of. Moments that were either slipping through my fingertips or nerve-jolting moments that I desperately wanted to pitch a tent and live in forever. My mind and thoughts were suffocating me, but instead of dealing with them I tossed them aside. Until I couldn’t take it anymore! So, without hesitation, I took off my sandals and stood on the shore of something much bigger than I.
Sometimes to find healing, we must step away from whatever may be holding on to us and marvel in the glory of something greater than ourselves. At this moment, I understood that you can only begin healing when you are willing to inhale, exhale, and finally let go because you deserve too.