Vitamin O

Everyone needs some "Vitamin O"

Everyone needs some “Vitamin O”

March 22, 2011

I recently moved to the Monterey Bay Peninsula, which brought me back to one of my true loves—the ocean.  I was fortunate enough to grow up by the Caribbean Sea, in the tiny country of Belize.  My playground was the second largest barrier reef in the world.  It gave me the chance to frolic with a wonderfully diverse marine life.  Some of my most memorable encounters were coming nose-to-nose with a whale shark, being followed by barracudas, and getting stung by a stingray.

Now after three decades, I am living once again by the coast, once again receiving my daily dose of Vitamin O.  I’ve been thinking about the ageless quality of the ocean.  How it endures with tireless power, instinctive purpose, and timeless rhythm. One wavy breath after another.  Gazing at the horizon reminds me of the life still before me—most days it will be smooth sailing, some days it may be rough, but always the sunset is spectacularly golden.  My skin may end up a bit more weathered, but it’s worth it for the adventure, the awe, the joy, and the connection.

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