Shark Week Welcomes 43

29 Jul

I don’t know how you could forget, but apparently it happens.

I didn’t do anything extraordinary on the last day of 42, wish I had but it sort of snuck up on me … I wasn’t paying attention to time and before I knew it, there it was … the last 24 hours of being 42. Even though I didn’t wine and dine myself, I did take a moment to pause at the end of the night and breathe in moments of gratitude throughout the day. Hanging out with a friend who made me smile … that was something to be grateful for and binge watching episodes of Shark Week? Dude. C’mon! The fact that Shark Week landed on the week of my birthday?! That was adventure enough.

I love Shark Week. It infuses a great sense of curiosity and admiration for all the great whites, hammerheads, tiger sharks, blue sharks, makos … all of them out there. It’s an appreciation for the adventurous marine biologists, shark experts, and camera people swimming out in the deep trying to capture the breach or tag and track and discover other amazing facts about this animal.  I love the excitement of it all and the intensity of the powerful and beautiful shark.

Plus I always love the metaphor about life that often comes during this time …

 

 

I enjoy hanging out and watching this every year with my kids. So on the eve of my birthday I sharked out! The next morning we took a staycation to the beach and checked off another bucket list adventure. My kids and I had been wanting to do for a while and seeing how it was Shark Week, I felt it was totally fitting in with the theme. Plus can’t go wrong going to the beach during Shark Week. It’s definitely meant to happen.

Standup Paddleboarding.

Considering that it’s been in the 100-degree-heat range in my neck of the woods, the early morning cool cloudy vibe at the beach was a welcomed site. But I just didn’t want to relax and hit the boogie board, I wanted a little something extra and so I booked a little hour and change adventure that even my daughter would enjoy. Standup Paddleboarding was something my son and I always wanted to try, but we just never got around to it, or my daughter quickly vetoed the idea.

But we found a way to make it happen this year and it was a good way to start the birthday morning. The fact that the waters were calm and we saw two giant seals swimming alongside made for an even better outing. We couldn’t believe how close we were to these huge animals and the thought of them bumping the board or flipping over didn’t occur to me until my daughter mentioned it. But I assured her that they were on their way and we were on ours and everybody would be fine. Everyone’s just enjoying the ocean. There was balance.

And finding balance was key that day, and I was glad that we made it out to the ocean that day, glad that my feet felt the cool water on the board and I wiggled my toes, glad that I found peace in a cloudy morning, glad for my kids mastering that boogie board in the afternoon, glad for the Happy Birthday song my kids sang to me, glad for the crunchy fish tacos for dinner, glad for the awesome DJ skills I had and the feel-good-songs that infused me with positivity and nostalgia on the long drive home, and glad for the chocolate cupcakes I baked for myself and the birthday wish that went along with it. Glad that I found the moments that day, moments that made me live like it was Shark Week. 43 …  Shark Week welcomes 43.

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Nice view on a birthday during Shark Week …

 

Buen Camino my friends!

 

 

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5 Responses to “Shark Week Welcomes 43”

  1. Susan Swiderski July 30, 2018 at 7:54 AM #

    It sounds like you had a glorious birthday. I can’t think of anyplace better to celebrate than at the ocean, and no one better to celebrate with than the people who love you most.So here’s a belated happy birthday wish for you, and here’s to an even better year 44.

    • The Guat July 30, 2018 at 7:43 PM #

      Thanks so much. Some people have these parties surrounded by mobs of people and it’s mega fun other times it’s a quiet day at the spa. That day was in between and it turned out nice. Thanks for the birthday wishes 🙂

  2. Sorryless July 31, 2018 at 7:21 AM #

    Cali,

    So happy you find peace and balance for your special day. May there be a carry over for the rest of your year!

    Peace and candles

    • The Guat August 6, 2018 at 10:20 AM #

      Thanks so much bud! I’m feeling like the month of July had a lot of good vibes and definitely hoping they keep coming throughout the year. I thought I was turning 44 I had completely missed out on being 42 until the end there. It’s a trip I forgot my age for a minute there. Ha! Didn’t think that would happen for a while. But I caught it in time to remember all the awesomeness of 42 and see what the next year brings. Have a great week bud sending you some sunshine.

      • Sorryless August 6, 2018 at 5:36 PM #

        Cali,

        As the old song says, don’t stop believing. And really, enjoy your forties. Although I gotta say, 51 ain’t bad at all. I feel better now than I have in a long time, so there’s that.
        Thank you for the sunshine! 🙂

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