It has been a difficult week. An ongoing injury has put new perspective on things that I once took for granted. The normally sunny weather has given way to overcast skies and rainy days. It can seem overwhelming as I struggle to keep my head above the water. So I put down my phone, picked up a friend, and went to the ocean.
There were only a few people scattered on the normally crowded beach and even fewer people in the water. We waded in, squealing as the chilly water splashed us but continuing on. It really is a wonder people don't stop to enjoy the rain. I have experienced few things quite as special as floating in the ocean, letting the bluish gray waves roll under me while rain creates a silent rhythm on the surface.
In the ocean, our concerns didn't disappear, but they seemed more bearable. Laying on our backs, we watched our feet poke out in front of us against the calm and cloudy horizon. The world above was silent except for the sounds of nature, while the world below was filled with the songs of humpback whales. It will feel so strange when they have left our waters silent for the summer.
I may not be able to do everything that I used to, but I can still go in the ocean. I can still feel the ocean and enjoy just being immersed in it all. For that I am thankful.
Everything is going to be okay.
Maddie Buresh is a writer and photographer with an unquenchable desire to explore the great outdoors, from the ocean to the mountains. She finds joy in trying new things, living in community, and crafting stories that encourage people to go outside, have adventures, and enjoy this big, beautiful world.