Searching for sea glass has become our favorite way to spend time at the beach this summer. Yesterday my daughter and I were on a long walk down our neighborhood beach looking for more treasured pieces to add to our growing collection when we uncovered several shards of glass that were litter. Too sharp to keep and dangerous to others walking on the beach. We decided the glass should be buried deep below the sands surface with the hope that we will find them ready for our collection next year. After all, they must tumble around in the sand and surf more. They need more experience before their surface is smooth and polished.
It made me think how our lives are much like sea glass. We start off whole and perfect when we come into the world. Unblemished. And then cracks form as we grow and experience life, failed relationships, love, pain, success and failure, ups and downs. Just like bottles and other glass litter breaks as it crashes against rocks and whatever else it encounters on its journey to becoming sea glass, we too are shaped by the bumps we encounter.
I made the choice in that moment there on the beach to be more like sea glass. To let my experiences shape me for the better, accept changes that aren’t easy, embrace my reflection and imperfections. I know that conscious choice everyday won't be easy because they are choices I have been pushing to accept for almost two years as I grow, change, and bloom. The cracks are still a part of me but I know I am a better person because of them.
We have had an amazing vacation. It has been a good time for us to recharge our batteries and live freely. We spent time with dear friends and with our survivor family. We ate all of our favorites. We are each going home tan from our daily trips to the beach (best weather ever this year). And we are sad to leave.
Our endless summer days may be coming to an end but the memories we made with be with us forever.