my favorite ocean

April 12, 2012
ocean beach

The Pacific is so big and so cold (where I live) that it sometimes feels untouchable. The ocean air is refreshing but the actual water is unwelcoming.

Even though I rarely go in the water, I still feel like these beaches-- this ocean-- is important to me. Almost like a constant presence in Pacifica, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, even the Philippines.

I remember sitting in the passenger seat of my sister's car as she explained how the stoplights along The Great Highway work: as long as you maintain a speed of about 35mph, you'll hit all green lights. Any faster and you'll have to stop-and-go because you keep hitting reds.

I remember playing in the tide pools in the Philippines with my brother. How we found two starfish and pretended they were his bra like a mermaid.

I remember driving to the beach-- in Pacifica, along the Great Highway, anywhere I could see it-- because it helped calm my heart. It gave me somewhere to go and sit and heal.

It's funny how something so big can feel like home.


  1. This is such a beautiful post.

  2. I love the sea too, it's linked to my summer si the south to my time in honey moon
    it gives feeliengs of freedom ..
    love your post!

    beautiful pic

  3. i love the ocean too, such a wonderful place to be fully close to nature. that is one of the reasons i love surfing so much is that connection. which i feel is what life is all about. connections. feeling so close to something is out of this world. it is incredible. i miss it when we aren't there and never want to leave when we are there. i hope one day to find a home close to the sea <3

  4. gosh, this, all of this. i love it. it's how i feel about the gulf coast of florida. that whole warm ocean is home.