In the early 1980s the Permanent Waves album by Rush had a song that started with the sound of waves and seagulls. When I woke up this morning, I thought of the lyrics, “When the ebbing tide retreats along the rocky shoreline” as I listened to the waves and heard the wildlife in Siletz Bay. I stretched out in the kingsized bed and watched the water. My husband brought me coffee then breakfast as I lazily started my day.
When I was a teen and listened to Rush, their lyrics, much more sophisticated than other bands I enjoyed, made me think Rush would be the soundtrack to adulting. It’s amazing how just the sounds of the morning triggered memories of others songs throughout my day. Everything in quotes below comes from a Permanent Waves song.
My 14 year old self thought adulting would include lazy weekend mornings in beautiful places surrounded by people I love. I’m finally in the season of life where we can enjoy short getaways. Siletz Bay Lodge in Lincoln City Oregon was the least expensive place on Travelocity. It was clean, comfortable and affordable. “Off on your way hit the open road there is magic in your fingers.”
We went for a walk. It was a beautiful day to watch seals, gulls, dogs and people. We passed a couple with natural walking sticks with what appeared to be noodle strainers attached to the end like lacrosse sticks. As they passed, the sticks were used like walking sticks but I’m sure the two were off to adventure. “Invisible airways crackle with life!”
We met up with family in Newport atSouth Beach Church. The worship band with a mandolin and I heard a meaningful message about Revelation 10. The pastor challenged individuals to use the new information in the teaching to lead to transformation in their lives. “Here’s a clue to some real motivation.”
In Depoe Bay we watched the waves then had lunch at Bay View Thai Kitchen. Our nephew seldom joins the rest of the family out and about but he LOVES everything about this place so we got to spend time with him. Crab fried rice is his favorite so I tried it. My brother’s favorite is seafood curry so my husband ordered that. Both were delicious! “Emotional feedback on a timeless wavelength.”
On our way home we stopped by the Lincoln City Outlet Mall. My daughter and her husband got matching pajamas and we did some last minute Christmas shopping. In their first year of marriage these two are being very intentional about starting sustainable traditions. They work hard to have fun together and I find this inspiring. “Begin the day with a friendly voice, a companion unobtrusive.”
It was such a beautiful day! “Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies, the shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of the dreams.”
Today, I enjoyed nature, relationships and learning. Today I lived abundantly. My Year of Living Abundantly started with a visit to a new primary care doctor. After a conversation with her, I realized that I’M the one who needs to make the decision to eat well and move more AND I’m the one who’ll live with the choices I make. “If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice.”
Over the past few decades, it seems that self care has been “too much fuss and bother, too much contradiction and confusion”. I’ve made “arrows out of pointed words” and aimed them at myself for too long. On Day 19 of living differently, I’m grateful that I’m thinking of all the little things that make life as a grown up so very special. While not all of the ups and downs of life can “be found within a song”, it does seem that an influential album from nearly 40 years ago is still etched into my mind.
Today I moved in fun ways, I spent time with people I loved, I played in the sand and I ate some healthy things. Today I sat too much, ate too much and spent too much. When I go to see my doctor again in December 2020, how will the things I did today with the soundtrack of today, shape my body and the health and wellness I experience between now and then?