So as you may remember, I’m a Jersey Girl through and through. Not the Jersey Shore type of gal, but a Jersey Girl which means that I grew up by the beach. The ocean beckoned me every summer’s day and even when the weather wasn’t delightful, she beckoned and I answered, surrendering to her call.
To me, the beach is my only drug. It soothes my soul. No matter whether the weather is sunny, bright and warm or blustery, cold and cloudy! The tranquility of the waves, the beauty of the sky as it meets the ocean, the way the waves draw on the sand, soothes my heart, my mind and me. Even when the storms come and the waves thrash against the shoreline, rising up with their powerful swells, the beach is still my favorite place to be.
Because to me, the beach and the ocean are like life. Some days are filled with sunshine and with rhythmic waves that we ride along with ease! Some days are blustery, cloudy and the uncontrollable swells sweep across our lives and take with them everything that we know. Even when tragedy strikes, it is to the beach that I return, finding my compass again to build another sandcastle baby step by baby step in my life.
With Hurricane Sandy, so many were devastated by her wrath. Familiar buildings nearby were demolished, swept away by the sea. The landscape changing completely by the power of the storm. Destruction that will take years to rebuild has changed so many lives and it is with a tear-stained face that I witnessed so much. However, months later, we are a part of Restore the Shore, starting over again, rebuilding and changing and making stronger. It is to the sea that we all are drawn here.
We acknowledge her power, her beauty and her will ~ we bend to her, but we never break completely for we are Jersey Strong. Time heals us and it takes time to heal, but with strength, love and will, we can rebuild her and enjoy her once again!
Mountains and forests are beautiful but simply don’t hold that magical, powerful draw that the beach has for me. Perhaps if I weren’t born a Jersey Girl it would be different.
I am forever a Jersey Girl.
I simply can’t be far away from the sea ~
her beauty, her power, and her saltwater flow forever in my veins.
What about you? Are you a beach, a mountain, a forest or another type of nature admirer?
Daily Prompt: Places
Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely?