Tuesday, July 4
Water and Peace: A Connection
But the element for Libra is air--and that kinda surprises me because I'm such a water person; although I do realize that the elements aren't so much about where we want to be as they are about who we are. However, the fact is I need water. I need water like a plant needs water to survive. And not the sea--the sea is too much for me--I'm a lake person through and through. When life gets hard, I turn to the water--to the lake. . . and lately, life's been hard for me.
Last month, I lost my oldest and dearest friend to a five-year siege with cancer. She fought with everything she had and I stood in her corner and cheered her on, sat with her through three years of wicked chemo treatments, and played endless games of gin and Farkle to keep her mind off the chemistry being poured into her. She was unable to travel to come to the lake with me, so with texts and photos, I took the lake to her. The last month of her life, all I could do was hold her hand and make sure she knew I was there and I loved her. When her little body finally gave up the fight, I knew it was the best thing for her to be set free, but the ache in my heart is still fearsome and I miss her every single day.
Maybe my need for water has nothing whatsoever to do with my astrological sign, but it's always been there for as long as I can remember. Even as a kid, I found peace in my soul when my mom would take our family camping in Michigan. Walking along the sandy shore, diving into the waves, watching the sun set into the water were things I looked forward to all the long dreary months of winter. It's the reason that I always say "Michigan" when Liz and I talk about where to go on our writing vacations, although honestly, I could just as easily say "Ohio" or "New York" or "Kentucky" because there are gorgeous lakes there, too. Anyplace with a lake works for me.
I'm not really sure what the point of this post is, except to say that I've gotten to swim in the lake twice this week and it's been lovely and stress-relieving and peaceful. Now I'm wondering, where's your peaceful place? What kind of geography eases your soul? And do your characters end up there?
Happy Independence Day, Everyone!