My friend asked me why I would go to the sea (a question connecting to her thesis). This was my response:
i would go because it is relaxing. There have been studies on the calming nature of flowing water; its why we have waves recorded on to cds to make us sleep better, its why dentists offices have fish tanks in their waiting rooms. But the sea is also like the sky. It is so expansive, so large, and contains so many mysteries beyond our (or at least my) comprehension. It is the sublime, this amorphous force that can cradle you or destroy entire cities, depending on its whim.
I don't just go for the sea though. It is everything else as well. The sand and rocks between your toes, especially as you stand at the edge of the tide, waiting as the sand and waves work together to hide your feet. its the air, those salty gusts of wind that drive the waves to shore and leave your hair like a tangled nest. The sounds of seagulls, the universal melody of shorelines.
I go to the sea to relax, yes, but i also go for the experience one can only find when dancing at the edge of the world.
Why would you go to the sea?