I normally open the shop around 10:30 (ish), however, this week I’ve been arriving between 6:30-7:00 a.m. to keep an eye on the construction project above my shop. Let’s just say that after years of having to clock in at work at 8:30 a.m. – I am not a fan of early starting workdays. I wake up early, I just don’t want to be working early.
So this week, when I got here, I brewed some coffee, took it down onto the (nearly empty) beach and watched the ocean.
This week an amazing swell hit Tamarindo, so every morning I’ve sat there and watched the sets roll in. Normally, the ocean right in front my shop is pretty calm, the boats are docked there because it’s the calmest part of the bay that has four break points (translation for you non-surfers — means where the waves are!) Unless, like this week, there’s a swell, then as we say “Bambora is pumping.”
It’s awesome to see this wall of swishing whitewater barreling toward the shore, forming into shape, growing in size and ultimately crashing against the sand. This fascinates me because the swell has traveled thousands and thousands of miles across the ocean while maintaining (and sometimes gaining) strength. Ok, that part I can sort of wrap my mind around, but why sets? If the power is there to push these currents across the ocean, why does it only come in waves of 3-5 at a time? Why not just continuous wave after wave? I’m sure there’s a scientific explanation to it that I could Google and understand fully in the next 60 seconds, but a part of me doesn’t really want to know – I like the awe that I feel about it all.
So needless to say, the noise, the mess, the frustration about upstairs — well it is what it is. But I’ve really enjoyed the time on the beach in the morning. Something that I realized I should do more than I do. This week inadvertently gave me some quiet time alone — just to hear myself think — and I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve done that. I’m glad this has happened because I realized there were things brewing in my head that I needed to clear out before embarking on this next season. Things that were lingering and creating mental cobwebs. Actually paying attention to how I was feeling about those things and then being able to resolve them inside myself – it’s been good.