I was sitting at the beach, watching the ocean, soaking in my surroundings. I noticed a dead plant on the sand. Beside it was a butterfly, fluttering around. A crab crawls along the soft sand. Death and life intertwined. Yet the waves kept crashing.
There was no rhyme or reason to the waves consistency. There was no pattern. They just kept flowing, back and forth, back and forth. Sometimes they would break far from shore, other times they broke greeting the sand. At times they’d roll in sideways, or straight as an arrow.
I held sand in my hand, it slipped through my fingers. I grasp it hard, it slipped through my fingers, I held it softly, it slipped through my fingers once more.
Life is like the beach. It’s intertwined with death. There is beauty everywhere. It can be calming. It can be chaotic.
You can’t hold onto life. You have to let it flow. Let it flow through you, let it flow around you. Life is a paradox. It can be completely random, like the crashing of the waves, but it can also be predicted, just as you know the waves will always reach the sand.
There are no absolutes in life. There is just learning. Learning to love yourself. Learning to love others. Learning to accept the changes that are going on around you. Learning to go with the flow. Learning to see the beauty that surrounds you. Learning to see how fragile life can be. Learning to see how solid life is too.
You are here! Right where you are. You don’t need to worry about over there. You’ll get there when you get there. Right now, just be here. Be calm. Be in the moment.
People are like the ocean. They have depth. They are the calm seas and the roaring waves, simultaneously.
Looking out at the ocean you see an expanding body of water. Sometimes rough and choppy, sometimes gentle and still. But below the surface so much is happening. There is life. There is a living, breathing world. There is a world that is living, surviving, dying. A whole other world exists, just under the surface. People are the same. Only when you dive deep can you really understand yourself and therefore others.
Diving deep into the abyss of darkness is where you truly meet yourself. You face your human fears. You see the hurt, the hopes, the love, the need for forgiveness. By diving deep you bring to life the real you. The Divine you. The you that your soul is yearning to be. The you that is eager to show itself to the world, only it’s scared of judgement.
Animals don’t fear judgement. Young children don’t fear judgement. They go about doing what makes them feel good. They do what they want to do. That is how we should be living our lives. Doing what makes us happy. Not caring about what others think, what they say behind our backs or what they judge us about.
Each and everyone one of us is so busy trying to keep ourselves afloat. We don’t have our thoughts preoccupied with others, (at least not 100% of the time). Each person is thinking about their own lives. Their own families. Their own needs.
Don’t let the fear of judgement ever sway you from living the life you wish to live. If you are not hurting others, intentionally or otherwise, do what you need to, to be happy. What’s the point otherwise?
Until we meet again…