Living by the sea is a privilege, a true gift. I don't take it for granted, yet at times I can forget to visit. Days will go by without me stopping to casually observe the pelicans as they gracefully fly along the rough cliff line or watch the waves roll in one after another. The smell of the salty air or the feeling of the cool breeze across my face always grounds me, reminding me of the world's grandeur and the finite nature of that day's troubles. I plan to make the most of it in these next few days by spending every day of the holiday soaking in the sun's golden rays and savoring the gentle sound of the ocean's movement.
This weekend most of my hometown will take to the beaches and flood the ocean with their brave, but rather pale bodies. In celebration of Memorial Day, we tend to embrace the outdoors. Any holiday somewhat near warm weather gets us Californians out and about.
Memorial Day is our first signpost of the warmer season to come. Many of my friends and family from other states or countries would argue that we have warm weather year-round, but as a lifelong Californian I must disagree. We definitely have chilly enough weather to make us long for sunshine again! Oddly enough, Memorial Day often brings undesirable weather with it and, almost annually, disappoints the millions of beach lovers strewn along the California coastline. Yet, here we are again, like little eager children, still hoping beyond all hope that we'll be blessed with the rare treat of a warm and sunny Memorial Day! Oh... and much warmer water temperatures! You never know. It could happen :)
The transition to summer always provides uncertain weather in Southern California, often shifting dramatically within a day. It can start cold with overcast skies, but quickly warm up and present clear blue skies by noon, only to return to grey chilly weather by early evening. It definitely keeps us on our toes, but in my opinion it makes the sunshine just that much more enjoyable and precious!
I hope to take time to meditate on the beauty around me this weekend—intentionally choosing to notice the smell of the seaweed, the texture of the sand-built cliffs, the design of each sea desert plant, and, most importantly, the joy on the faces of my fellow beach-goers.
May your weekend bring about rest for your body and your own motivation to cherish and savor the beauty in your every day.
À votre santé!