Good Morning and Welcome to my Atlantic Life in Hatteras 😊
Yesterday was one of those wild days when the winds were churning up my ocean…..and, like metal drawn to a magnet, the pull of the sea on my soul was just too much to ignore. So, I threw my backpack, blankie and journal into Jake, grabbed a big mug of coffee, and drove to the beach. I could have walked to my beach in a few minutes – but I was in the mood to sit and watch the waves….to drink my coffee and write, and with the high winds and potential for rain, that wasn’t going to be easy unless I took Jake. So, I drove to Ramp 49, took the Jeep onto the sand, found a good place to park, where I could sit in the comfort of Jake with my cozy blankie, sheltered from the wind and sand….and watch the waves💗
Cozy in the back of Jake the Jeep
My tumultuous ocean...
Gazing at the tumultuous maelstrom was both hypnotic and intoxicating, and before long my mind began to soar like the incredible birds I was watching in the dark sky…..and before long the ink was dancing across the page 😊
"Nothing speaks to me quite like the ocean…
On calm days its' delicate whispers caress my sun-kissed face
- filling me with calmness, gratitude, and hope
On stormy days, its’ exhilarating roar fills my head, as the sand stings my chilled skin
- filling me with the promise of adventures to come
...Always beautiful - my heart, my soul, my Atlantic"
(And it just so happens that I'm about to embark on another little adventure.....more of which I'll tell you about tomorrow 😉)
Hatteras Village in the distance
Like embracing my ocean's beauty in all weathers, which I've always been able to do - not just when I'm basking in the warm glow of the morning sun, feeling a balmy breeze on my face.....but when it's cold and dark, the wind is howling and the sand is blasting my skin - I'm learning to apply this same principal to events that happen in my life....you know the ones you haven't planned, or didn't see coming....the ones that throw your head (and consequently your life) into turmoil for whatever reason, be they big or small, the ones that before you even realize it, begin impacting your life in a super negative way.
Perhaps if I chose to embrace these events instead of agonizing over them, the endless "what if" scenarios I'll play out in my head, the multitude of things that I'll predict will go wrong - instead I chose to accept what has happened and simply try to make what will be the best possible outcome happen. Not wallowing in the "why me?", wasting time wishing it were different, that it hadn't happened.....just try to make the absolute best out of the situation.
Like learning to relent the control I wrote about yesterday (which I know is related to this and often drives how I deal with my problems....I have to understand everything and control it!!!), is the answer to some of the issues and challenges in my life again down to a simple philosophy?
- Accepting that the event, whatever it may be, has happened already, I can't change the past and it's up to me to make the best of the situation for both me and any others involved.
Now, I know some of you are saying, "really Pam....you didn't know this, it's so rudimentary and elementary? - there are so many quotes out there"
Oh, do you mean like these...?
"The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything"
"By making the best of all things, we make the most of ourselves"
"Things work out for the best for those who make the best of how things work out"
The problem for me is, sometimes the real simple solution is the most elusive.....my default is to search for the complicated reason or solution, so much so, that I sometimes miss what is so evident to others.
As I navigate my way through my life, and let's face it, "Life" doesn't come with an instruction manual or a set of "Standard Operating Procedures", for me that means an entire lifetime of learning, some of which, as I discover, I'll be happy to share with you 🥰
Until Next Time...
Take care, Stay Safe and....maybe think about how You deal with those "things I didn't expect to happen" moments
Love and Hugs,
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