"Keep the earth below my feet
From my sweat, my blood runs weak
Let me learn from where I have been
Keep my eyes to serve, my hands to learn."
-Mumford and Sons- "Below My Feet"
There was a huge storm this morning in Arcata. I woke up around 7am to rain hitting my window. I usually don't hear the rain that much because of my thick walls and my air purifier. Waking to hail-sounding raindrops and 50+mph winds was quite a way to wake up.
About an hour or so later, it regressed and calmed for the time being. It reminded me of the ebb and flow of life, the changes that we undergo as human beings. People come into our lives for a reason, sometimes they stay for a little while...other times longer. I've experienced this dramatic ebb and flow the last few months.
So I went running this morning after the rain had graciously passed and continued it's journey. The ground was still wet with many puddles guiding my path to the Arcata Marsh. Once my shoes crossed the path from the pavement to the slightly muddy earth I felt a great change. There is really nothing like running on the earth, it makes you feel free! After doing my circle of the marsh I found myself in front of a bench. I sat down and reflected of an event that happened about 2-ish months ago, a time when I experienced an ebb and flow. I was sitting down after a run then as well, when I was approached by a man with a broken leg. He asked if he could reach under the bench. Such a curious question--I had to know what he was doing! He was holding a rose and a letter. I asked him who the rose was for. He said he was doing a scavenger hunt for his girlfriend, eventually leading her to where he would propose. When he said these words, he had this spark in his eyes when he spoke. For me, I was experiencing the complete opposite. I was completely over a scavenger hunt and ready to focus on myself. After that day, I wonder what has become of this man in love with his girlfriend. I am almost positive she said yes :). Today, when I was sitting on that bench, I thought about how I've come so far from where I was at that moment in time. I have experienced an ebb and flow that has brought somebody special into my life. I'm excited for where our future shall lead us :)