Some days feel more exciting than others, more put together, or just different than what you may want them to be. I’ve noticed that when these days come, and I’m feeling the pressure of what to get done, it’s okay to take a deep breath and let it happen as it may.
We’ve had a busy few months, and that’s not going to stop until next year with family visits and seeing friends before our cross-country trip to AZ. I’m not complaining, but it does make you enjoy the moments of calm.
This weekend, for the first time since September, we sailed. We put our sails up on Saturday morning and got out for a beautiful couple hour sail. There really is nothing like it.
We missed it. And getting back to something you miss after being gone for a while is almost indescribable, but I’m trying. It’s like being on a sugar diet for a month, and then you have your first brownie or ice cream or whatever it may be. The rush kicks in, and all you can feel is the pure joy that it brings you. So take that analogy, but make it sailing, and the rush is the feeling of wind through your hair and sun on your skin.
We have this life that highlights so many things we love and have longed for. Living by the sea, being in the sun for hours, spending time with someone you love and a very cute dog. It amazes me sometimes, so much so that it’s almost hard to believe that it’s our life. It’s a “pinch me” moment, and I’m just soaking them up.
We then had a friend join us on Sunday for another sail and it was one of those days where you may not be going hull speed, but you’re enjoying the heck out of the calm seas and full sails. And, of course, the company wasn’t so bad either.
Life is made up of these in between moments. The ones where you take a day for yourself to just get out on the water, or make a baked good you love so much. It’s not always the moments of “I sail every day all day and this is my life” moments that make you who you are, but the small joys. The times where you belch every Taylor Swift album on the way home with your best friend. The moment that you realize just how much you like the guy on the dock who’s been chatting you up for weeks. The moment you understand that you’re living this wild and amazing life that you could’ve never dreamed of.
November 2nd was one year since we got a hole in our boat. It was a big moment in our lives and relationship and still affects us today, but it doesn’t define us. However, I’ll always remember November 2nd. I’ll always keep in mind how lucky we got. I’ll always know that life is good, even when bad things tend to happen.
So maybe the hard days feel like they’ll last forever, and the moments of stress feel heavy, but it’s in these little understandings of peace, of joy, that we always find home.
So here’s to the small moments that make up so many good things in our lives. And to the big moments we cherish (or don’t), cheers to those too. Because sometimes, we need a bit of bad to really appreciate the good.