I have been swimming. Navigating the murky waters of education and daily life, trying to see past the seaweed of anxiety and futurefear in order to gather together the pebbles and shells of presentjoy. I graduated massage school at the end of April, a well-met challenge. Licensure exams and paperwork are all complete, and now I wait for response from the state medical board.
In the meantime, the Fam and I went to the beach.
We lit out well before the sun was up and were met with thick fog all along the first leg. There were moments I couldn’t see more than 5 feet in front of the van. Bear kept watch for deer- an excellent second pair of eyes at my side. By the time we hit the mountains in West Virginia it was nearly gone in the lower areas, but still holding fast up near the peaks. We had fantastic driving weather the rest of the way- it was all blue skies and gentle breezes. Leaving so early also meant we encountered less traffic, which makes the case for doing it again.
Our destination was around 750 miles away, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Having multiple drivers to switch off is an excellent thing- means everyone is sane and coherent on arrival. The last leg crossing Pea Island is always the most difficult for me- by the time we hit Avon my eyes are usually buzzing in their sockets and my brain is feeling like mush. This time around wasn’t so bad- I drank a lot of coconut water to keep hydrated and we switched off more frequently than we normally would have so everyone got to rest a bit more. Worth doing.
We spent a week relaxing with friends and hanging out by the sea. My head took a while to clear. All the detritus of city living and hanging on to bits of thoughts and info that just haven’t been properly finished or cleared out took about 3 days to get sorted. Then it occurred to me that I wasn’t making good use of this time. I was still running in 5th gear in a place that only required me to run in 1st. I got up when the sun poked me, went out on the deck, and just sat. All the dreck was just allowed to slither and ooze out of me and my mind. By the time the others were up, I was clear. I feel lighter and unrestricted again. This is why I go to the sea.
The fellas got to fish, and caught their limit of Red Drum- if you’re going to the Outer Banks and want to charter a fishing boat, check out Capt. Aaron at Tightline fishing charters, he did the guys right and is really cool. Another great option for charter fishing is with Capt. Rudy at The Hook Up charter. The fellas went with him last time around and had a great time then as well, but were unable to schedule with him again this year.
I found books and yarn, so I was pleased. The yarn I scored at the Blue Pelican Gallery– which now has 2 rooms of yarn to goggle at and try to decide on. I went with 2 skeins of rainbow coloured silk/wool blend, and I’m making a scarf with it. The bookstore- oh, joy. The lady running it is the quintessential bookshop owner. You want the book about the thing with the couple by the guy? She has it, right around the corner. Want a bit of local art or history? Got that too. Buxton Village Books has been there for 30 years, and with good reason.
I could rattle on and on about how great the Outer Banks are, but I think you get the idea. If you get the chance to go, go. The folks there are wonderful, the scenery is gorgeous, the food is delicious. I look forward to going again at the soonest possible opportunity. In the meantime, I’ll keep swimming.