Whispers From The Ocean

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I've grown up surrounded by the ocean.  It's always a short walk or car drive away.  When hurricane season rolls around, the ocean creeps closer still, its tangy, salty scent a literal breath away.  In my early years, I went to the beach every Saturday, finding fun and new friends as easily as being knocked over by the waves.  These days, it's a ritual that I rarely keep.  But the sea is a source of comfort all the same, its refreshing, cool breeze kissing my shoulders like a light, protective shawl; its rhythmic whoosh a balm to my soul.  It is there that I feel the most renewed, clear-headed and inspired, as the gently unfurling turquoise ribbons and chirping birds above reset my mind and body like a powerful tonic.  Always, the ocean whispers serenity to me.  It urges me to let go of all my worries for just a few moments and enjoy the beauty of the present. 

Where is your private, happy place?  Has it changed as you've grown?  How does it influence your life?