Waves crash. Seagulls squawk. Kites flutter in the breeze.
As I breathe in the salty ocean air I am suddenly brought back to so many memories I hold dear. Family trips to Southern California beaches as a child, my college years spent in San Diego, and our weekend trips to the Oregon coast as an adult. The ocean has always been a part of wonderful moments with family and friends.
There is a calming rhythm of the crashing waves and a vibrancy to the sights, smells, and sounds that the ocean brings. It is my happy place and where my soul feels most alive. This is where I am able to refocus and reprioritize those things that are most important.
The ocean is not a place I escape to often as it is a 2 1/2 hour drive away, but maybe that's a good thing. The beautiful winding drive through the majestic redwoods and meandering rivers allows all other cares to slip away so that I am transported to another place. All the thoughts and ideas that continually spin around in my head at a frantic speed all settle down and fall into logical order.
Next week, I'll be jumping back into the dizziness of Spring and holding on for dear life as the school year comes to a close. This refreshing of the soul will give me the inspiration and recharge needed to finish strong and with as much passion as when I began the year. I hope you all take time this Spring Break to find your happy place and refresh your soul.