As spring officially began, I was standing at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. I realized that this was the third season that I have stood on the beach at Goat Rock. My friend Douglas introduced me to Goat Rock last summer and I have returned each time I have been to Northern California since that first visit. It has become one of my favorite places. Each season provides a different perspective and so does the place I stop or where I stand. Much like life, I notice something new each time I go to the beach. Time of day, season, the angle I view the ocean or the rocks all change what I notice and what I take away.
What remains constant is the ocean. The sound of the waves remind me of what I love and where I am most at home. I have been working on being present, enjoying each moment and each day. It’s a work in progress as I try to let go of being anxious, especially when I can’t control what will happen. I have one more day on the California coast before I have to return to Alabama. My goal for tomorrow will be soaking up the day, observing what is around me, and enoying the moments before I have to drive to the airport and get on a plane.