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Madeleine Ouellette

Posted on August 16, 2020 12:11

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Just doing some reflecting ...

Our last morning at the beach, I awoke at 6 a.m., which was still quite dark as the shades were pulled down. I rose and checked that it wasn't raining, before pulling on some running gear and slipping out of the door quietly. I made my way down to the sand and began my jog along the shoreline. 

I encountered few people at this time; the odd couple and maybe a few dogs relishing their first walk of the day. The only sounds were the waves and the breeze in my ears. Running on the beach is difficult and I was quickly winded, but I knew my reward at the end of the run would make it all worth it.

I turned around at a certain point and ran back towards the house, running as close to the water as I could without dousing my shoes in saltwater. Once I reached the house, huffing and puffing, I quickly took off my shoes and socks and ran into the oncoming waves.

The feeling of being engulfed in that water after my run was blissful and unmatched. I drifted and bobbed; letting myself float over some waves, diving into others. I noticed the clouds then, touched by the color of the sun just as it was coming up.

A little while later I let myself be pushed towards the shore and made my way back up onto the beach, where I sat on a towel to air dry. 

It is a privilege, financially and otherwise, and I do not take this for granted. I felt grateful and full of peace in that moment on the sand, hearing the small waves crash onto the shore and seeing the rising sun casting pale yellow and orange light onto the soft, puffy clouds.

I felt a pang of some unknowable feeling then. I have been frustrated, sad, and discouraged for months. Of course, there have been moments of joy and happiness, but I may have forgotten the feeling of wanting for nothing. Because at that moment, I wanted for nothing. 

The sand beneath me was hard, packed down by endless waves, but I was the perfect temperature after my short run and subsequent swim. I knew that ahead of me lay many more days of frustration and sadness, but I had the rare and fleeting feeling that I could enjoy this moment as it happened. 

Although, I did pull out my phone and begin to write this in my Notes app, as I didn't want to not be able to recall these feelings later. 

Some days it can be hard to remember that there is still beauty in the world. We're constantly seeing negative news stories, punctuated by the occasional positive one. I know a beach trip isn't something everyone can do, but I do hope that everyone can find some beauty in their day today, and really be able to be at that moment.

It can sometimes make all of this worth it. 

Madeleine Ouellette

Posted on August 16, 2020 12:11

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