Reawakening in Seaside

Trip Start Mar 26, 2006
Trip End Oct 20, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Monday, September 4, 2006

There's a certain painful magic that happens along the road. It's the magic of feeling the heart continually reawakening, of feeling the power that places have to resonate with you, and of making strong connections with people when you know you may never see them again. On the road, there's not much choice but to live in the here and now and experience directly a daily lesson in impermanence. Though you and everyone around you is aware that you'll soon part ways, it's still hard sometimes to say goodbye.

The saddest secret of the road is knowing that I'll move on and that you'll move on, too. In a flash, all the laughter and stories and good times are behind you once again, and it's time to go. It's an obvious life allegory, but it's not something we like to learn.

I said to Todd today, with laughter in my voice and tears in my eyes, how funny it is to watch attachment rise and then fall away - first in Vancouver, then Portland, now again in the coastal seaside resort town of Seaside, Oregon. Maybe it's something about the Northwest with its lush forest and rugged coast, or the low-key live-for-the-moment surfer lifestyle that gets me hooked. Maybe it's the travellers, their eyes and hearts full of hope and wonder, who freely share their stories of home and future and family, religion, opinions, politics, and adventure. But I think it's mostly the simple act of watching my heart open out and mingle with others' at unexpected moments that draws me in and makes me want to stay.

Seaside was fine, with its touristy shops and beachside resorts, and there were plenty of activities we could have done to keep ourselves busy - kayaking, hiking, biking, shopping, dining, surfing lessons. But it was the people here that made the place, and I'll miss them. So, to the gang at the Seaside Hostel - Benji, Eric, Ben, the wacky fun-loving Christian karaoke sisters, the guy from Portland, the Therapy girls from Vancouver, and the vet with the van who had never cooked spaghetti before - wishing you well on your journeys.
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