Why are we pulled to her gentle sound,
The lapping waves at our vulnerable toes?
She could eat us up in a ferocious mood,
And yet we just see the beautiful blue.
She’s the coldest cruel mistress
Calming our nerves in times of distress.
What is it that draws us to the ocean, as human beings? So many people talk about the power that it has to change our moods and even change our whole outlook on life.
There are so many examples of people who have moved from the city to the coast, and they speak of a slower life and a better quality of life. I find it quite incredible that humans can be affected so much by a body of water.
I do wonder if there are any mystical forces at work, and I certainly believe that the moon and the tides can have some sway over the way that we behave and feel – so it makes sense that those forces are stronger if you are closer to the ocean.
One day I’m going to pack up my things and move to the beach so that I can benefit from whatever those strange forces are. I long to just be able to hear that rhythmic sound of the waves coming in and how that can soothe even the most anxious of moods.
2 thoughts on “why are we so drawn to the sea?”
I don’t know if it’s mystical or not, Rachel, but the sea definitely has a certain effect on us. It draws us and holds us. There are even cultures where life on the sea is simply what they do. Well, the earth is mostly water, so I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised at its siren-like appeal.
Yesterday I was watching an episode of Midsomer Mysteries in which Brighton (as Brighton) was a setting for the story. In one establishing shot, waves were moving against the shore in an almost checkerboard fashion. That was impressive. I think you’re right about the ocean being mystical. It’s certainly a source of mystery. Not that I’d recommend Brighton for beach living. Like Wildwood over here, Brighton seems noisome, if fun.