Summer-summer has finally arrived on the great Pacific Northwest Coast.
Fondly called the "wet coast" by many, it felt like June-uary and then July-uary, until the past couple of days. This is such a beautiful part of the world. Summer is such a short season...important to catch it while you can.
So many things are different this year, due to the covid-19 huge impact on all of us. In B.C., we were shut down for ten weeks..."stay home/social distance" was the provincial government edict, and that meant closures between March 12 and June 9. We are now in stage 3 of soft reopenings.
One worries about whether some businesses will make it. I live in a rural/recreational area, and tourism is the main industry. The season basically runs from March Break to the Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend (mid-October), but it really focuses on late June to mid-September. Hmmm..... Any special events that had large gatherings (such as markets, and fall fairs, and weddings), have all been postponed or cancelled.
Although a very different pattern is evident, the area is so beautiful. Whether sitting on a deck or a patio star-watching, or hiking a park/reserve trail, or kayaking to nearby islands, or social distancing at a seaside coffee stop, it's all good, all lovely, and the sunsets dazzling over the ocean towards us, at 9:30, are still beautiful to observe.
That's the key...observing what is in front of us, observing ourselves at this quieter time, observing those around us (do they need our help?), observing the natural rhythms of our world and trying to match our days to these slower patterns. A pause can be good for us all.
Time to let our creative selves emerge? Hmmmm.....