The Ocean Calms My Restless Soul

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.”

-E.E. Cummings

Ever since Friday after the horrible interview, I’ve been in a deep, dark hole.  I haven’t been doing well at all.  Yesterday was awful.  I was a mess.  It’s truly amazing how words can cut you so deeply and send you spiraling.

Last night, my husband and I decided that today would be devoted to an epic Family Fun Day.  We could do whatever I wanted.  Immediately I said, “I want to go to the beach.”  Never mind that it’s the middle of winter, not to mention that the forecast was calling for rain.  The beach was where I wanted to be.

My husband suggested we head to a Connecticut beach, which I thought sounded great.  So last night we researched locations, and came across Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Connecticut.  The pictures online looked awesome and the description sounded perfect.  So, off to Connecticut we went this morning.

It drizzled on and off, but that didn’t take away from how beautiful, and calming the sea is.  The sand.  The seagulls.  The shells.  The salty air.  It was everything I needed to bring myself back to a state of calm.  And while at the beach my husband and I collected more beach rocks so I can make more rock cairns.  We collected so many beautiful rocks.  Some literally just sparkle!

I love how being at the beach, near the ocean, can instantly calm me.  We are definitely planning on going back there again.  Sherwood Island is such a beautiful beach, and hopefully next time the sun will be out!

After the beach we took a ride to see where the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT is.  The museum was founded by P.T. Barnum of Barnum & Bailey Circus fame.  From the website it sounded like an amazing place!  There was an event there today discussing fact vs. fiction of the real P.T. Barnum’s life with the movie The Greatest Showman, but it was sold out.  I was disappointed, but no worries.  The museum is open Thursday and Fridays, so we are planning a Family Fun Day adventure there very soon.

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Now we’re home, and back to reality, but today was exactly what I needed; a reminder that no matter what is going on, it’s my family that is the most important.  A job is a small part of my life.  But my family is my everything.  And being with those I love is more important than anything else.

And sometimes a day at the sea is all you need.

Visit Sherwood Island State Park

Visit The Barnum Museum


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