I went for a bike ride on the beach the other night. I live a few blocks away from the beach in Jacksonville now. It is a dream come true for me.
My bike got stolen (downtown Jacksonville at its finest), so my stepdad gave me his old bike. I honestly don’t think I’ve ridden a bike on the beach in twenty years. It was way harder than I thought it would be. I went for a bike ride because I didn’t want to run, but riding on the beach on a mountain bike was just as hard.
As I was sweating, struggling and realizing that I had probably biked too far away, I couldn’t help but notice the amazing view. There is nothing better to me than the ocean. It’s timeless, perfect and always stunning. I breathed in the salty air and watched as wave after wave came rolling into the shore.
I had been trying to track my miles and time with an app, but I realized that it was kind of pointless because of how long it was taking me on the sand. I thought that if I would have just gone down the road or the sidewalk that I could have gone a lot farther a lot faster.
But I would have missed the ocean.
I started thinking about where I was a little over a year ago. I was in DC with no job trying to figure out the next step. I had no clue what to do. Now here I am, I have the best job I could have imagined and I live in a house by the beach. And I am so grateful.
I’m not just grateful for where the path ended up. I am grateful for the path itself. As much as I hated getting here, I was able to see love in a newer way than I had before. I was able to see friends and family members love me in totally new ways. I am able to have stories of struggle and job-hunting that I can relate to others with now and even offer advice. The love you find when you are living under pressure is much more beautiful than you can realize.
You might feel like you are riding a bike on the beach instead of the road right now. You might feel like it’s taking way more energy than it’s taking your friends to get to places that aren’t even where you want to be.
But don’t miss the ocean. Don’t miss the beauty of what is around you that no fast lane could show you.