Saturday, June 14, 2014

The First Day of the Rest of My Life

I'm not going to give you some saccharine phrases about attitude or inspirational photos of a tropical beach at sunset and a smug, but perfectly coiffed model staring at the horizon.

I'm going to give you this.



Friday the 13th was my first day unemployed - a very lucky day indeed - so I went to the beach.

The weather was completely different from when I was there three weeks ago with Anne, but I had the same scarf and, surprisingly, the same nail polish!


The beach had been completely rearranged, with rolling sand berms and driftwood everywhere. I imagine the same weather conditions that fed Hurricane Cristina had something to do with this. We had strong winds 50 miles inland the other day, and it was obvious the beach got a spanking.


Except for the Corps of Engineers ship going in and out of the river entrance, I had the place almost to myself.


I walked, I ate a picnic lunch, I wrote in the sand and talked to myself - loudly. I walked in the cold water as long as I could and let the waves chase me in and out. I took a lot of photos for the next Scavenger Hunt, and I kind of just played.

I didn't see another human being for over an hour!



For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea. e.e. cummings


Val

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful setting for solitude, Val. Our beach is now crowded most of the time with vacationers, but I love to grab some time alone there. Love that quote, too. xo

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  2. You look at peace. Sometimes it is just time for a change. I left a job last year and took an entry level job with the State. I was fed up with the verbal abuse at my old job. I may be poor but i am much happier.

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  3. I thought you said you weren't going to give us a photo of a perfectly coiffed model staring at the horizon; that first photo is awfully darned close. It's certainly a look of perfection. I'm glad you could talk out loud on that spanked beach and that you shared your sculpted feet in the sand with us. Mr. cummings is a favourite of mine. Everything falls into place here.

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  4. I like this feeling more than anything-solitude on a wet, windy beach-it fills my soul with bursting joy! What s hood start to u.e! X

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  5. You look better than any perfectly coiffed model I've seen. I hope you intend to frame that photo. What a beautiful beach! Congratulations on your joblessness! May it help to bring you what you desire.
    xoxoxo

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  6. You know what they say about closed doors, right? The game's afoot and you look ready to take on the world. Talking out loud to yourself in solitude tends to strengthen intestinal fortitude. And you look fab doing so. :D

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  7. There's nothing like a quiet beach to help get things in perspective. Lovely photos!

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  8. Ah...there's nothing like a west coast beach for a meditation, silent or otherwise! I sense good things coming!

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  9. Everything Melanie said. Perfect!

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  10. Thank you for not being "smug". You look beautiful on that beach. I really miss the beach. The poetry is perfection.

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  11. That sounds like the perfect way to spend the first day of whatever comes next, Val. Gorgeous photos. There is something hugely therapeutic about being by the sea. xxxx

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  12. I love the e.e. cummings quote! What a fabulous and personal way to spend your first day of freedom! The sea is soothing and healing, especially on our west coast beaches.

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  13. Also love the cummings quote. I too am facing a bit of a change (my ongoing gig at a local Univ. is changing) and I've been trying to focus on the doors opening as well. Hoped the meditative nature of the waves helped clear your mind in preparation for whatever's next.

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  14. Congratulations on your very first day of unemployment, girl. And what a fine day it was too by all accounts. Here's to many more!

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  15. How I love the wild often empty beaches of the Northwestern coastline.

    This looks like such a perfect day for inner reflection. A wonderful way to spend the first day of the rest of your life.

    I love the quote.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  16. A fantastic place for reflecting. Here's to a fantastic new start. x

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  17. I find deserted beaches to be a wonderful place to contemplate one's life direction, or, just sit and be lulled into a zen mindspace by the sound of the water. A perfect way to spend one's first day of a new chapter in your life.

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  18. Seeing the sea is always therapeutic. All the best for the next chapter Val x

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  19. That reminds me of my first job free day three years ago. What and awesome feeling.

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  20. What a beautiful post Val. And look at your adventurous toes!

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  21. Glad you are getting out of the house and walking off that knot in the pit of your stomach. Know the feeling. You look very good for being an unemployed woman ... no, wait ... that's what's making you glow from within!
    Fabulous photos ... and as beautiful as the rest of you is, the first thought I had with your pink toes peeking from gray textured feet was "Oh, NO! Zombie Toes!" Whew. It's only sand.

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  22. Lovely post Val, aww I want to go to the beach :) Looking forward to where you go next..

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  23. Oh those fresh ocean breezes blowing new opportunities your way. You look lovely and wistful and sandy toed.

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  24. Pictures do paint a 1000 words- you look utterly relaxed and happy, it's a brilliant shot of you. The beach does wonders for the soul, there is no better place I think, especially for 'thinking' time and planning new adventures.x x x

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