Growing up five minutes from the beach will really let you take the ocean and its incredible vastness for granted. Even more so when you get a little bit older and find yourself living and working on Cape Cod, one of the top beach destinations in the country (I did not fact check this, I’m really assuming here but call me out if I’m wrong). Too often I drive by the ocean and don’t look at it for what it is; from a side glance, it is a blur of blue and teal gradients. When I take the time to turn my head fully and gaze out at the seemingly infinite Atlantic, for a few minutes I cannot turn away. There’s something perplexing about this body of water that takes up so much space and lives right next to me, yet doesn’t ask to be noticed. It simply is.
A few weeks ago Sam and I were able to escape to Maine for a weekend roadtrip on the coast after visiting his parents at their Cabin. Truthfully, we were avoiding the tourists swarming our own shore. I guess it wasn’t until we got in the car and drove hours away that I was able to see the ocean from a new perspective. Looking out onto the rocky coast reminded me that this vast aspect of our planet exists in so many different kinds of terrains and places, each allowing a different feeling or emotion.
I guess my point here is that when something is in your own backyard, it is hard to view it as special. Something that you drive by or interact with on a daily basis in a non-special way makes that thing become ordinary. Part of a routine. But when you take that thing and throw both it and yourself in a different environment, your perspective totally shifts, and I think that is a wildly underrated experience.
I encourage everyone to take something from their everyday life that is seemingly ordinary and look at it with a new eye or in a different light. You never know what you might see.
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