Although I am no longer in a tropical destination or exotic location, there is no reason why I can’t still enjoy my favorite place–the beach. Now that I am back in Canada, I can appreciate being in one location for longer than a couple weeks. I am lucky enough to live by the coast so I can enjoy the place I always want to be–by the sea. In this moment, I can savour in the ability of still experiencing my passion in my home country: Canada.
Even though I am not exploring Australia’s east coast beaches, swimming in Hawaii’s turquoise waters, or walking along the Caribbean’s sun-kissed sands, like I was over the last 14 months, I can enjoy Atlantic Canada’s beautiful beaches now that I’m back. As long as I am near the ocean I am happy! As I transition back into “normal” life (or reality so to speak), a life far different than a life consumed by full-time travel–the one I once lived not long ago, I look for opportunities to live life to the fullest right at home. I’m looking for the things I enjoyed while traveling, but can also do at home. The beach is my favorite place in the world. It’s my refuge. Even though I am not abroad, I can still be where my heart desires.
I’m embracing the reality that Canada is moving into its fall season, and that I am no longer in 40 degree weather. Even with the crisp foggy mornings and the sunny colourful cool evenings, the beach is still as beautiful as it was when I left it in late spring of 2013. I’m still able to be present and appreciate everything that surrounds me. I don’t need to travel abroad to find the simple pleasures in life or the beauty in this world–it’s already right in from of me. I’m home.