I took this photo at the end of a chapter in my life. A chapter, that I so badly wanted to end for years that I never knew it will feel bittersweet when I finally got to that point. Everything was going to change for the better and I can finally have my own life that I can design for myself. So I sat on this bench overlooking the ocean with one of the most important people in my life and contemplated the years past as we witnessed a beautiful California sunset. Interestingly, I didn’t take photos of this sunset. I simply sat there and enjoyed every minute of it.
Instead, I took photos of the waves crashing onto the rocks below us while waiting for the sun to set. These waves have more meaning to me, I guess. The past chapter of my life was a constant ebb and flow of challenges and small victories. I looked towards the horizon and I saw how large these waves start out. As the waves built its strength, it crashed into the rocks bit by bit and by the time it reached us, they were still strong but not as strong as I thought they were.
I remember when I was sitting there, I was just hypnotized by each wave that came and crashed into the rocks. The waves taught me so much insight about what happened to me in the past few years. It made me realize that I was stronger than I thought I was and that things may look like an insurmountable force — and it will remain that way — until you actually face it head on.
I left with a great feeling of things coming together the way they’re meant to be. It was no longer an escape to a better life, no longer for survival, and no longer for rebellion. It was just about having my life reflect who I truly am inside and building a life that I can be happy in.
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