Lying on a secluded beach and hearing the crash of the waves is one of the most relaxing moments in the world. For me, at least. There is something soothing about that rhythmic movement, the expected sounds. The waves will always crash on the shore. There is certainty in that. They are consistent. The ocean never changes its mind.
For some, the ocean is a scary place. Not just for the sea creatures that dwell deep in it but also for the waves. The very same waves can grab hold of a person in a rip. They can smash against a surfboard or capsize a boat. And yet. they will still return back to shore, with or without their prey.
Maybe it’s that consistency — that dependability — of the ocean that draws me to it. On a hot summer’s day, I can be lying on the sand, soaking up the sun and immersed in a book. Yet, my ears are finely tuned to those waves crashing. In winter, I may resort to walking on the beach and smelling the salt in the crisp air. Yet again, I notice the gentle ebb and flow of the waves. Rain, hail or shine, night or day, the ocean makes sure its waves come crashing back onto the shore. Always dependable.
If only human beings were this consistent.
While the ocean may not be predictable — furious one day, calm the next — it is consistent in where it will be. On the other hand, human beings say one thing but do another. They behave one way at a certain point in time and completely different at another. It’s no wonder I have lost faith in some people. That I am just waiting for the next time to be let down.
I know when that happens again, I will weep. I might sob. My heart will break. And then, it will be time to pick up those broken pieces and fit them together the best way I can and take myself back to the ocean — the one thing I can truly depend on. The sound of the waves will soothe my soul, the taste of salt sprayed on my lips will calm me down, and the feel of the water on my bare feet will cleanse me.
Slowly, the tears will dry up.
‘I’m here for you,’ the ocean says as I leave, reminding me again that this is where I will truly be at peace.