After our travel and WiFi issues of Tuesday, I went to the beach alone Wednesday morning. 65MD was at his conference as it was about 8:30 am. There was hardly anyone on the beach and I felt like a heroine in a romance novel, since they always have private beaches. The sun was shining. There was the gentle beach breeze. The temperature was near perfect. The water was a gorgeous shade of blue. I stood looking out over the water thinking that life didn't get any better. I was fully in the moment; fully thankful for my life that allowed me such joy. I standing there thinking that life really didn't get any better, when I saw a dolphin jump in the water. I felt like it was a gift to me for my gratitude. The dolphin was swimming back the way from which I'd come so I raced the dolphin back up the beach. I had no thought other than how much I was enjoying the moment. It was no contest, the dolphin won by a huge margin. I lost sight of it well before I got back to my starting point on the beach. I didn't care. I was happy.
Later in the day, I was shopping for a nephew's birthday gift and mentioned to the store clerks that I'd seen a dolphin. The insisted that I hadn't or that I was not remembering exactly where I was on the beach because dolphins "never" come there. I knew better. I had seen it, and I knew exactly where I was on the beach. There had once been a pier there, and the pilings were still there, so there was no mistaking it. It further confirmed for me that I had been given a gift.
Since returning, I've told just about everyone that has asked about the trip, the dolphin story. I've thought of it and smiled many times during the last few days. What I hadn't done prior to reading Sharon's blog, was thought it had anything to do with my weight loss journey. Perhaps it does.
- Two years ago, it would never have crossed my mind, even on a deserted beach, to race a dolphin. (I wouldn't have done it last week, if there had been people!)
- I probably wouldn't have walked nearly as far from my beach base and never even seen the dolphin.
- Food was the last thing on my mind. I was not thinking about what I'd eaten for breakfast, what I might eat for lunch or anything else. In year's past I spent an inordinate amount of time planning where we'd have our next meal. I'd research menus, coupons, daily specials or anything else you can think of that might be a consideration about where to eat. At that point in time, it was no where on my radar.
- My legs were shaky after the exertion, and I could feel it later in the day, but I relished the feeling.