Whenever I feel stuck, miserable or get a case of the blues, I head over to where it is blue… the place where blue skies meet the deep blue water. When I was about 14 years old, I visited California for the first time and got to visit the cold and windy Ocean Beach in San Francisco and ever since that day I have had this longing to be nearer and nearer to the ocean. If I had to choose, I would be on the beaches in Maui but most days I will settle for any coastline with sand, sun and surf. There’s always something magical about a beache’s vastness, sounds and smells that dampen out my blues and melt my stress away. Mostly I like to stare out towards the horizon and see nothing but also see so clearly.
Last week I finally made some time to get to the coast for the first time since the studio opened 6 months ago. The kiddos and I went to explore a new beach in Santa Cruz, Natural Bridges State Beach Park. It’s no Maui beach, but her beauty was breath taking. Although the winds were strong that day, there was no other place I wanted to stay that day even if it meant throwing an extra jacket and beanie hat on.
All the questions, the doubts, the fears, and the uncertainties I’ve had brewing in my head disappeared for that day. I didn’t even have to ask them again, the answers were pretty clear to me… let it go. And it was easy to just let the wind blow them all away and it was hard not to be present in the moment with all my senses being awakened by the sounds, textures and smells.
We walked around the cliff to a little cove area. There was one family hanging out with their kids. I walk past them towards the cliff because I’m drawn to the colors, the green moss and mussels growing on it and the shield it could provide from the wind.
As I lookekd closer, I see a lump roll lying there on the sand and wondered if it was a dead animal. I get closer and saw him:
He was sleeping soundly. I took a few pics and left him alone but wondered where the rest of the Harbor Seals were. About 10 minutes later, a lady walked towards us shouting “Have you seen a baby seal pup here?” She was with the marine mammal center and came to rescue the pup who was abandoned. Apparently seal mothers often abandon their young when they are hunting for food and see humans on the beach near her pup. Awwwww!!! Look at his whiskers…
The lady let us choose a few names for him. I choose Chocolate Chip don’t know if they will use it but that’s what he reminded me of… or maybe it was because I was craving chocolate chip ice cream at the moment. I was happy they were going to care for him before releasing him back to nature.
The encounter with Chocolate Chip and the feelings of joy, wonderment, and happiness stayed with me the entire day. Nature does that to me. Here’s promising to not waiting too long again before I go back to nature.