Philippines, circa September 2012. When I took this photo more than ten months ago, I found myself in my usual reflective mood. I usually find myself that way when I’m by the ocean. I was a few days away from starting my dream job and this trip was yet another reminder that I had to re-prioritize. It didn’t matter that I was frustrated with the way things were turning out for me just a few weeks ago. All that mattered was what ahead–mysterious and unknown– and that was okay. Everything that went wrong before was washed by the waves, carried away, and life was made new again.
“I said, I prefer the ocean when it’s gray. Or not really gray. A pale, in-between color. It reminds me of waiting for something good to happen.” ― Lauren Oliver, Delirium
Sunshine through the clouds. Hagatna, Guam
Moments before starting my run, I managed to catch the sky in the middle of its morning overture. Mother Nature sure knows how to put a good light show.
“[True beauty] seeps into you. It doesn’t make you forget yourself, but totally the opposite. It connects you with everything and fills you with awe that you share the same space with something that glorious. Like a sunrise or a clear blue day or the most extraordinary piece of glass. And then suddenly…you have this epiphany that there’s more to the world than just you and what you want or even who you are.”
~Justina Chen, North of Beautiful