Life Flows On
In the shallows, the water laps gently against my waist. The cool dampness of the pre-dawn ocean, it’s a sensation that grounds me in the moment. For the first time in two weeks I’m finally in the present. I can actually feel the soft wind against my cheeks, the caressing touch of wet sand shifting and sliding between my toes.
The ocean is courteous this morning. There are no waves, no clouds. Yet the idyllic scene is disturbed by an inconsistent drip-dripping. Tears roll down my exposed face, the breeze marking their trail with an icy wetness.
This place is so beautiful – it’s like it’s mocking me. Nature, reminding me that, while you’re gone, it remains, as gorgeous as ever. Nature knows that I’ve been drowning these past two weeks, each wave dumping me beneath the surface, the saltwater filling my lungs and scarring my throat on the way down; and just as I think I can finally float above water, the monster drags me under again.
Now, the ocean is still.
I know that it’s going to take me time. Some days I’ll feel peace and believe that everything will be okay; other days I’ll be thrown overboard once again to battle and fight against the crushing tide.
And one of those days I might give up.
But I’ve survived the two worst weeks of my life, I’ll try to live just one more day.
That’s what you would want.
I let the small wooden box rest on the waves. It floats.
I don’t think I can bring myself to let it go – it’s the only piece of you I have left.
The box belongs with me.
Tears fall thick and fast and I think that if I don’t move soon I’ll raise the water level just enough to drown myself.
Memories of surfboards, coral reefs, beach towels, snorkels, flippers, and you – smiling in all of them – flood my mind.
Maybe you belonged in my arms.
But I have to say goodbye.
Now the ocean is where you belong.