“To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me.”
- Isaac Newton
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.”
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Okay, I’ll be honest. It wasn’t exactly a “day” at the beach. More like 15 minutes at the beach, but I loved every second of it.
We decided to hop in a car and take a drive down to The Hague (Den Haag). I had been there once before, but I never got a chance to see the Coast.
First, driving down was exactly what I needed. One thing I really miss about being at home is the freedom I get when I have my car. Aimlessly driving around is one of my favorite things to do when I’m at home, and it’s a huge part of me that I feel is missing since I’ve been here. It started to come back to me yesterday.
On the way there, the beauty of Holland became quite apparent. The fields of cows and sheep were absolutely beautiful and there were numerous windmills spread out along the way. To compare it to the US, I’d have to say it reminded me a lot of driving through Wisconsin.
Living in a city after growing up in the woods, I’ve really learned to appreciate what I left behind. City life is wonderful, fast-paced, and exciting, but I could never forget about how nature exists at its best.
Standing on the beach as the cold wind whipped my hair around just felt so liberating. I stood for a few seconds with my eyes closed, just breathing deeply. The fresh, sea air made me feel so alive! I forgot that nature does that to you.
I think I prefer going to the beach when it’s cold outside and you have no intention of swimming. Seeing all the wind surfers and kite boarders reminded me of the coast of Oregon; its vast beaches with freezing waters and relentless wind.
Yesterday was exactly what I needed.