“Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.”

I lived with the Caribbean sea as my back yard for a little more than 5 years when I lived in the Bahamas. It never ceased to amaze me in it’s constant and never ending changes. Yet, it was always the same. On an even deeper level, living by the sea made me aware of the immense power within us. There was something always calling to go further, become more, set sail and let go of the safe shore. [imageeffect type=”shadowreflectlightbox” align=”alignright” width=”320″ height=”213″ shadow=”shadow-medium” alt=”When was the last time you sat by the sea?” url=”http://higherlife.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/sunset-surfer.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]

I moved back to Canada and for more than a decade, the sea and I were but old friends in different lands. Now I live in Costa Rica and in the new year I will begin the development on a 100 acres of beautiful and lush forest hills that face theĀ  pacific ocean. On one of those hills I will build a home and once again, I will wake up each morning to the call of the sea.

Anyone who has lived by the sea for any amount of time will know that it is not the safest place there can be. There are dangerous creatures, there are waves, currents, and sometimes the cold waters itself can be the death of you. A person who has lived by the sea would also know that there are calm moments that by your mere experience of it, you are changed and made more than you were a moment before. There is some connection between humans and the sea. It has always been the boundary by which great men are tested. The border of all comfort zones, meet where the tide rises. It literally is “the line in the sand” so to speak, dividing the courageous and the fearful. Perhaps all of this is but a metaphor for some hidden line within us? Some point of awareness, potential and power.

It was Hunter S. Thompson who said

“Civilization ends at the water line”

and John F. Kennedy who said

“when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.”