When I was a little girl, I remember loving the ocean even though it was not a place that my family frequented. I’d look forward to the summers where we would drive from California into San Felipe, Mexico, and it would always turn into an ongoing party till the day that we headed back to California.
I could probably count the times that I went to the beach as a teenager. My dad was very, very old school and the thought of his daughter in a bikini was unheard of. Still, the few times that I went I fell in love with the beach life. Fast track to my honeymoon in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida. Imagine my surprise when I heard the pilot welcoming us to Ft. Lauderdale and saying that the water temperature was 81 degrees. I remember laughing and thinking that cannot possibly be true, only to put my feet in that clear, blue, WARM water and falling in love all over again with the sea. That day I knew that South Florida would become my home one day.
It’s no wonder that the first chance that I had, I made the move from Los Angeles (where the water is freezing, dark, and your body goes numb before you actually enjoy it) to Sunny South Florida. I moved a few blocks from the beach and from that moment on the beach life became a reality to me. My kids grew up on the ocean, playing on the beach, fishing with their dad and drinking coconut water from the actual coconuts in our backyard. It’s a very healthy way to grow up.
Though I never acquired the home on the beach, I live close enough to enjoy the life that makes my soul rejoice. I can greet the morning by watching the sunrise over the ocean as I walk the boardwalk, and seeing the beautiful sky change colors right before my eyes. For me, that is the perfect way to begin my day. I can also have dinner with fun music playing in the background, people laughing as if they are on vacation as many are, and after dinner enjoy a walk on the sand. The life that I have is a simple one, but make no mistake about it, it’s a full life and the one my heart always longed for. So as the title to this blog reads, What’s in a sunrise? The answer is, everything.
I leave you now with a little piece of my paradise.
Peace and love.