After several recurring dreams this week of looking for the ocean, I finally made it to Ocean Beach yesterday with a friend. It was deliciously warm and we walked and walked and walked until my legs ached and my skin felt dry and salty.
And then, I did something that I never do in San Francisco. I jumped into the ocean. (If you’ve ever felt the water here you’ll know why.)
At first I just waded in and rolled up my pants so they wouldn’t get wet. And as I waded further and further out I couldn’t resist. I dove into the ocean, clothes and all.
And it was glorious.
I felt transformed, alive, joyous.
It was the best day I’ve had in a really, really long time…
Good for you!!! I’ve always wanted to do that; but I know how cold it is. Good for you – for taking the plunge!!!!
Only someone who relishes that plunge can really understand what you are talking about. I can….being raised about 15 minutes from a WONDERFUL beach on the Atlantic.
It’s a complete feeling of birth, release and refreshment. We have long winters in Atlantic Canada and the first dive into the ocean, at the beginning of each summer, is always so overwhelmingly enjoyable and pleasurable to the senses that no words can properly describe it.
Glad you had a good day. Have a good weekend!
Yay for you!
I’m glad you did it too. And I hope you had a fluffy towel and some hot cider when you were done.
how glorious to read this.
it put a *huge* smile on my face and brought me back to a yummy memory of me, my husband and another couple~friend of ours stripping down to our undies and running into the ocean after an Ozomatli concert here in SD.
it was liberating, refreshing, childlike, wild and it felt so natural to connect with sand, water and moon…like i had done it many of times before in another life.
i’m so thrilled you did this. it is truly *living* and brave being that the water was freezing in SF!!!!
bless you and your marvelous soul.
that’s awesome! good for you. i once dove into my friend’s pool during October with all my clothes on… but that was for 80$. haha
everyone should do more things that make them feel so alive. 🙂
Wet’n’ Wild, Andrea! I love this visual you’ve created for me. It reminded me that I had that on my summer list and never did it.
This weekend, I’m DIVING IN!
Thank you sweetie.
You are cool!
Even the way you wrote this story has an “alive” feel to it! Energized me to read this. 🙂
My “wading” endeavors always result in head-to-toe, sand-encrusted ocean wetness! Good for you!
I have been watching your journal for a while. Let me just say that you put up some of the most inspiring posts.
This one really jumps out for me. I was just baptised last week in the atlantic ocean. The simple act of having my friend, and accountablility partner, immerse me in the water was one of the most thrilling things that has ever occured to me. Your picture seems to sum it up. Thank you!
that’s crazy, i was in the city yesterday for just a few hours, and was thinking of you.
may your baptism bring you all the new life you long for.
I instantly thought of your post when I came across this today:
“Don’t ask what the world needs.
Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Oh great….just great…so good to hear somebody literally taking the advice of a dream
I love the thought of it being a baptism…is it that easy?
Funny, but when I was pregnant with my first baby, I had dreams of the ocean and longed to float on the sea, like she was my warm mother holdin gme and enveloping me. Hopefully your yearning for the sea will be for the same reason…
First the dream…
and then the
B E C O M I N G.
sounds like you needed a good cleansing. i am glad it worked for you. sounds wonderful.
I loved the image of you plunging into the cold surf!… The ocean is such a source of life, so no wonder that you felt compelled to dive in. I hope all the richness ,blessings and lifeforce of the sea brings you all that you desire. 🙂
good for you, andrea!
i’m so glad you got in that water. chilly, but worth it!!
Oh, I miss the ocean so much. The last time I was able to dip myself in seawater was two years ago (in Scotland, okay, that was pretty amazing and lasts a long time) and I am so in need of it again and soon. My friends think I’m nuts because no matter where we are, if there’s water nearby I need to stick my hands and feet in it. Lake Erie in November is frigid and I guess I have to agree that time that it was nuts, but I had no choice. 🙂 Thanks for bringing the vision to me — almost like the real thing — and makes me realize that the next chance I get to go to the beach, I am so there. Actually, what I really need to do is make the chance.
I’m impressed! It must have been freezing. But more than that, I’m glad you had such a moving and momentous day.
I miss the ocean.
And I miss bonfires on Ocean Beach.
But I’ve never done more than wade there.