This week Olivia & I managed to squeeze in a walk on the coast at Porthtowan.
We always seem to pick the most beautiful spots for our walks, but it’s quite rare we explore the North coast together. This week we popped down to Porthtowan (one of my closest beaches and my childhood hang out spot!) for a walk along the cliffs in the sunshine.
There are a million and one things I take for granted in my life, and living within 10 minutes of the ocean is definitely one of them. There’s nothing quite like being able to pop down to the coast in a heartbeat whenever you need it.
Connection to Nature
The ocean is one of the rare things in life that takes over all your senses; the cold droplets, the taste of salt, the smell of seaweed, the sound of waves crashing. It’s also constant – you can’t know where each droplet of water has been; the sky, the mountains… the other side of the world.
Because of this I think it’s one of the best places to go to feel closer to nature and connect with the planet, more so than anywhere else.
“Look deep into nature & you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
Realise The Insignificance of Your Problems
Being near the ocean is the best kind of therapy; it provides a sense of perspective that helps wipe away all your fears and worries if only just for a moment. If you ever need answers in your life, the ocean is the best place to get them – reminding you of your mortality and the true size of your problems.
“Limitless and immortal, the waters are the beginning and end of all things on Earth.” – Heinrich Zimmer
Dream & Imagine the Possibilities
Is it any wonder why so many famous poets/writers/creators were inspired by the sea in their work? It’s hard not to find inspiration here, as it seems to stir up creativity in everyone. Also with the whole sense of perspective you get from it, you start to feel how big the world really is and how much of it you have yet to experience – and there will definitely be some wanderlust dreams to come out of that revelation!
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul.” – Robert Wyland
Necklace kindly sent to me from Tideline Treasures (sea glass sourced from Looe!)
Gratitude & Wonder
In feeling more connected to the world, it can also make you feel more grateful for what you have. I truly believe that one of the keys to happiness is gratitude, as lame as that sounds – it makes total sense. How can you be happy if you are not grateful for anything you have and you only wish for what you don’t have? Taking in the ocean can make you see that you don’t always need ‘more’ to be happy, when you have everything you need right in front of you.
“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi
Calm and Release of Control
One thing I have learnt from being near the sea in the last couple of years is how much it gives me a sense of calm. I used to totally identify as a Type A personality; super organised and wanting to control everything around me. Recently I’ve let go of a lot of those feelings, realising that I can’t control all the things, and that true joy comes from enjoying being on a journey.
“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf.”
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