I am writing this as I sit on a bamboo mat by the beach waiting for dinner. The soothing sound of the waves folding in makes it an almost surreal setting. Surreal for me, because I grew up in a landlocked country, feeling sand below my feet only on either the beach volleyball pit by the local lake or on the occasional holiday to Italy’s beautiful South.
Tomorrow, I will get up at 4.30am to ascend a 3750m high volcano. The mountains are my home. It’s where I come from and standing atop a summit makes me feel free and accomplished.
But the ocean intrigues. Like its seemingly limitless breadth and depth, the ocean represents infinite opportunities. As the blue of the water and the blue of the sky become one, my horizon vanishes. Instead of spotting another summit like I would when hiking, I don’t see any limit when sitting on the beach.
Vitamin Sea is what I don’t want to go without anymore. Having the ocean in the vicinity of my home felt like a novelty when I first came to New Zealand. Now, it’s slowly turning into a necessity.
Vitamin Sea is what inspires me to reach further and not to worry about this concept of a horizon constraining who we ought to be.
Vitamin Sea is what makes me want to wear bikinis and lace kimonos all day long.
Vitamin Sea is what makes me want to scuba dive more and learn how to surf.
Ultimately though, Vitamin Sea is what makes me happy. It lets me see the world from a different angle. And for that I will be forever grateful.
My dinner has just arrived (a spicy tomato eggplant dish, yum!) I’ve got to go, but I hope you are having a marvellous Sunday. You might even be spending it at the beach, lucky you!