(theme song: Water by Ra Ra Riot)
I can’t believe I just turned 15. But I did, on Monday. And I spent three days this week at the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware not only for my birthday, but for a short, relaxing vacation for my whole family.
I love the ocean. The water is my element, for sure. I don’t know what it is about the cold water swirling on your skin on a scalding hot day and the soft sand playfully covering you wherever you touch it, but that sort of thing excites me and calms me at the same time.
Some people don’t go in the water when they visit the ocean, which doesn’t make sense to me. Some people believe that humans came out of the water, which doesn’t make sense to me either (i actually believe that all of it – us, the ocean, the sun were created artfully together). Some people dismiss the sprawling beauty of the ocean by dumping waste into it and polluting the gift we have been given, which just saddens me a bit.
But me, the water makes me feel free and at peace. Life is so short; it’s such a gift, and that’s why I want to experience mine to the fullest. Why spend your life locked in the same place, in the same mindset, poring over what people think of you and the next thing you’re going to buy? It’s so freeing to just forget all of that and dive in to someplace you love.
I’m really excited to share with you a video/short film I made of my experiences at the ocean, but I’m just not able to right now. I’m going away again tomorrow morning at 4 a.m. and I’ll be gone for a week. I might be able to share that video with you by the time I get home, but I’m still uncertain.
In the meantime, here are some photos I took that I think express the feeling that one has at the ocean, which I want to share with you…
part 1. ripe waves and hot sunshine, veggie sandwiches and cool water, sand in our toes and salt in our hair, guacamole and ice cream in the afternoon, and a breathtaking bay sunset at night.
part 2. a birthday croissant and loud singing in the cafe, a swim in the bay and several paddleboarding trips, feeling connected to the water and never wanting to leave, watching the sunset and the fireworks from the ferry and nearly falling asleep under the stars on the way home.
part 3. waking up early with my sister and dad to go see the sunrise, a shaky camera and dolphins on the horizon, cold water and choppy waves, handstands and belly flops. In the end, a long run/walk on the beach and purely, freely swimming by myself with no one else around.
I won’t be around for a little over a week, but when i get back I’ll be posting some exciting stuff (i think so, at least), so stay tuned. Tell me what you thought in the comments – what do you think about the ocean, did your family do anything for the fourth of july, what your favorite photo was, and so on.
Adventure is out there!
— Faith xx
p.s. this is a scheduled post