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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
Waves are free to wash ashore. Sometimes as mild laps – other times as large roaring surges. No matter if during low tide, high tide, or in between, waves do as they please within nature’s framework. Now that’s freedom.
Snowbirds are northern residents going south for warmer temperatures during winter. There is a freedom in snowbirding. A freedom away from the routine of home. There is no, “Today is Monday, so we have to do these things” – and so on. Sometimes we ask, “What day of the week is it? Is today Tuesday or Wednesday?”
There is a freedom of being away from the cold weather of home. No matter how cold it is here on the Alabama coast, it’s a matter of perspective because Alabama cold is warmer than home.
There is a freedom to stand on the shore looking out to sea. A freedom to sense the salty smell in the air. A freedom to taste the essence of salt on my lips. A freedom to feel the gritty sand. A freedom to let water refresh my feet.
There is a freedom in snowbirding when facing the two biggest questions of the day: “Which direction do we walk?” – “What’s for dinner?” Therefore, “What are we going to do today?” is very seldom – if ever – asked.
There is freedom to leave our golf clubs at our cold-weather home. We enjoy the game – but having the clubs along serves as an unnecessary obligation – and we enjoy the freedom of snowbirding.
There is a freedom to decide my day will be walking five miles (8 km) to have lunch, then walking back.
There is a freedom in snowbirding to let the mind relax. A freedom to let the mind wander. A freedom to think about metaphors and analogies to develop these walks.
There is a freedom to having continuous opportunities to refresh and recharge – a freedom that being relaxed is the norm rather than the exception.
There is a freedom to have a time of harmony because the beach is saying, “Relax, you are on beach time.”
There is a freedom to having a perpetual wave machine soothing the mind, body, and soul with the rhythms of Earth’s beating heart.
There is a freedom of feeling like a rabbit frolicking in the meadow or woods without the fear of predators.
There is a freedom in letting go – not worrying about feeling I have to stay busy. Not worrying about what to do – freedom from daily decisions. A freedom to spur-of-the-moment decisions to go to the Flora-Bama for the music.
There is a freedom to walking on the beach or sitting on the balcony overlooking the sand and the water. Reading, knitting, writing, blogging, solving puzzles, using the fitness center, or watching television join the list. Others fish, sit by the pool or on the beach.
There is a freedom just like Janis Joplin said in Me and Bobby McGee – “Freedom is another word for nothin’ left to lose.”
The freedom of a snowbird – freedom to think – freedom to move with the wind. Freedom to have a life as an alter ego away from the home routine. Freedom to walk. Freedom to write beach walks. Freedom to walk. All these freedoms combine to form a potent elixir specialized for snowbirds. Besides, I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
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