I read that on a t-shirt somewhere, but it’s a statement that makes a whole lot of sense.
Late last week, we got hit with a strong coastal storm. (It wound up being the worst tidal surge in 50 years!) As beautiful as the sea is — and as much as I love living near it — things got a little scary. Normally, I love feeling a soft rain mix with the cool sea air, but this storm went a whole lot further than that!
We were actually told to evacuate during the evening, so many people headed to the local school and rode out the rest of the storm there. While everything has calmed down now, the experience was a great warning as to what the sea is capable of, the dangers it holds.
But I’m not thinking of those scary what-ifs anymore. Instead, I’m enjoying the “rainbow” phase. If nothing else, the storm gave me a chance to think about all of the good reasons to live near the sea. Sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of writing, I forget!
I actually never thought I would live here, even though I started visiting Clacton when I was very young. Now that I’m here, though, I can’t imagine living anywhere else! I love walking my dog, Dylan, early in the morning and soaking up the sounds. All you can hear is waves crashing, seagulls calling, and wind whistling. A quick coffee at 6.30am and out of the door to enjoy the cool harsh wind, the warm sun or soft rain. It’s just so refreshing and awakening.
I use the sea to clear my head. Everything always seems better after playing with Dylan on the sand or sitting on the sea wall and looking out at the horizon. I’m grateful for living by the sea; it’s landscape, it’s attractions, it’s history and it’s community. The pace of life is much slower, people aren’t in such a hurry and it’s so laid back. So different from London and city life. Although, my kids tell me I’m not laid back, I’m horizontal!
So, I may have to deal with the sea’s wrath every now and then, but it’s well worth it to live this life!