Today, for our prompt of “Sand,” I added a little crab for a bit of interest, and mostly because I just find crabs rather interesting. I often talk about my love of the beach, though I’m quite landlocked in the middle of the United States. I’ve told Philippe that he simply must take me somewhere on vacation in August, after World Watercolor Month, and that most likely will involve a beach. In truth, when it comes to vacations of any sort, it’s me that has to get the ball rolling. Once I start actually making reservations, Philippe is totally on board, but he’s never been one to actually initiate the actual planning of a vacation. This is a side effect of being rather happy at home, and worrying about leaving his precious baby behind. The baby in this case is our dog Phineas, who is equally on the fence about being taking to a resort with other dogs while we’re off traveling. While there are plenty of new smells to enjoy, he’d really rather just be home in bed. I was talking about Phineas just then, not Philippe, but the two do share many similarities. For me, I adore traveling to new places, but yes, in the end, I’m always thoroughly happy to be back home once again.
When I used to travel to Los Angeles for work quite a lot, I would always make a point to visit the beach. Even if it was just for a few precious minutes during a very busy schedule, I would always make the time. Walking through the sand and hearing the crash of waves is a wonderfully therapeutic experience. Though, I was often barely making it to my next meeting in order to make that experience happen, it was always worth it in the end. Though I have many things that I’d still like to do in life, I’m quite pleased that I’ve always taken the time to do those things I enjoy most. That’s something that I talk about often in these posts, because if I had one thing to teach, it would simply be that. No matter what is happening in our lives, there’s always a few moments to steal back, so we can enjoy the best part of it. When I find myself truly thrilling to something, I know that it’s something important to me. It’s something I shouldn’t ignore and push to the background. It’s instead, something I should celebrate and do all I can to move it to the foreground so I can revel in the moment. And, feel better than I felt in just that moment before it.
Don’t get wrong, life is busy and there are so many things that we have to accomplish next. I’m currently running a day or so behind on most of the things I’ve intended to get completed. But, what I’ve learned in life is that if I push myself to just do the things I know I have to do, I will end up in a rather joyless state. One that doesn’t even let me revel in the excitement of actually getting something done. So, many times, I do the opposite of what one would expect. I do nothing at all. But, better yet, I do a very specific kind of nothing that involves dreaming about what I love most. Even if I can’t experience the feeling of sand beneath my feet, I still have the ability to dream about it. And that’s a wonderful gift to possess. Sometimes, travel isn’t about looking at the next plane or train itinerary, but simply visiting an idea in one’s mind. This kind of travel is the type that I do each and every day. And, though I’m not actually in that exotic location, but instead sitting at the end of my kitchen counter, I still feel like I’ve traveled the world. That’s the power of imagination and the beauty of art combined. It’s a magical thought indeed to know that no matter where I am in the world, I can still simply pause and enjoy a moment on the beach.
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