Alone in the Sea

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What has been one of your favorite moments alone?
 
There was one night while Shaun and I were sailing from Panama to Colombia and we were far enough out to where we could not see the shoreline. The moon was full and reflecting on the smooth sea while the only thing you heard was the sound of the ocean moving under the boat.
 
And even though I was surrounded by a couple of people, we sat in silence. I felt, for the first time in a long time – alone. All I could think about is how tiny I was, how massive the ocean is, how at rest my heart was, and how every sailor in the history of mankind experienced a night like this. I was alone in the sea.
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15 Responses to “Alone in the Sea”

  1. Steven October 22, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Being alone in the sea? Its feel little frightening but who know it can make us bit relax and calm

  2. Rebecca October 22, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Really lovely piece Erica! There’s definitely something about being near water (and the power that it has) that brings out those feelings of being alone and just a speck in the world.

    • Erica October 22, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

      Thank you! I’ve realized that I don’t need a million pictures and words to make a blog post – so I’m really trying to post more about things I reminisce about. <3 I'm happy to see your face here! 😀

      • Rebecca October 23, 2016 at 8:08 am #

        I was happy to see a blog post from you – it’s been a while 🙂 Not sure about you, but I’ve been struggling with blogging motivation recently, and the thought of the writing a long post with lots of words and photos just doesn’t do it for me. Short, memorable and to the point is where it’s at!

        • Erica October 24, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

          It is the only way that I can get myself to post – or just pictures, which I also enjoy. That said, I am actually about to post a rather verbose story of how I lost my “groove”. It has just gone through like, 8 rewrites and is a year late.

  3. goodmam November 3, 2016 at 4:45 am #

    Sailing the seas? I’m a dry land lover. Being in the middle of the ocean is something that’s a challenge for me to do, even if I’m in the company of friends. But who knows, I might have a change of heart and do it, i’m willing to add it in my bucket list.

  4. Adam December 12, 2016 at 12:50 am #

    Was just thinking about back in the old travel blogger days circa 2010 and thought I’d come and see what you guys were up to. Cool. Keep on rockin’.

    • Erica December 12, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

      AWW! Hey there stranger! Yeah, I will poke my head in occasionally and write but with all my personal projects, I have had much time!

      How are you?

  5. Shailendra January 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

    Feeling alone in the crowd is sometimes a great feeling that too in the middle of ocean. I can only imaging that.

  6. Cooper January 12, 2017 at 7:12 am #

    “While being alone in the sea comes across as a frightful experience, it can become a moment of self-reflection. Thank you for sharing your experience, Erica!”

  7. Deivis April 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    The ocean is a beautiful place to reflect on in life!

  8. Abele May 8, 2017 at 2:36 am #

    alone in the sea, You are strong, I’m scared

  9. Courtney Blacher June 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    Alone in the Sea seems great to me. Sea is all I need, alone or with humans.

  10. unnavigated September 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    Must be a very special feeling to be alone at sea. 🙂

    • Erica October 26, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

      It made me feel super tiny and insignificant but the moon on the water is one of my favorite travel memories.

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