When I started my year project I put some things on the list that I knew were entirely possible and give me joy to remind me to do them. I also put some things on the list that I never thought could happen. This is one of the latter. It was something on my life bucket list, but why not throw it on the year list.
I grew up near the ocean and the water is a calming influence for me. I could climb across rocks, listen to waves, and look at lighthouses for hours. I had to move away from the ocean to get work and as soon as I could afford to I would head to the ocean at every chance, often to Cape Cod.
Through interesting twists of events, my recent job search has led me to a place I didn’t even think was possible. When I went to the interview I took a detour on the way home to look around a recommended neighborhood next to the ocean. I sat on a park bench thinking that I couldn’t want this too much, because it might happen. Then, when the offer came, I still wasn’t sure I’d be able to find housing in that neighborhood (particularly since I was house hunting in January).
I arrived a little early at the last of my 9 viewings and went for a little walk. Just two minutes from the viewing I found this view.
I took the apartment. I’m going to live by the sea! Salt air. A lighthouse. I can hardly believe it.