Living near the ocean has changed my life. Our afternoon walks on the beach have made me connect with the ocean in a way I haven't felt before. I've never really been much of a beach person in terms of going there as an activity, not since high school anyway.
By going almost every day, I've witnessed the way the ocean's moods change, how it's alive, how it breathes. This beautiful moving expanse of water, that stays crashing on beaches and doesn't swallow the whole world.
Walking barefoot through the seawater has become one of my daily delights. I feel that connection very deeply when I'm in the sea too. It's like when I'm on the mountain, I'm experiencing the fynbos, the rocks, and the views. But when I'm in the ocean, I'm physically IN it, I'm a part of it, and we change each other.
“Yemoja (Yoruba: Yemọja) is a major water spirit from the Yoruba religion. Yemoja is often depicted as a mermaid, and is associated with the moon (in some Diaspora communities), water, and feminine mysteries. She is the protector of women. She governs everything pertaining to women; particularly the birth and bearing of children - childbirth, conception, parenting, child safety, love, and healing. “