Infinity.

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sea sunset

She stepped into the surf, skirts gripping her legs in a fatal embrace like the problems that overwhelmed her. They say drowning is one of the easier ways and this way no one need know. They’d put it down to youthful recklessness, ignorance of the underlying rip tides.
Stepping deeper she looked out over the endless ocean, the waves beating timeless rhythms against her chest. Death embraced her in its folds encompassing her in comforting swells. The sun was setting, like her life. She paused to take in the blood red of its reflection as it painted bands of pink on a cerulean sky.
It had a beauty all its own. Troubles and torments melted away as she stood face to face with infinity. What lay beyond? She knew the landscape. Beyond the rolling Pacific waves lay tiny islands of hope and a whole unexplored continent, the mysteries of the Orient, but what of that other ocean she was about to cross, what lay there? Doubt seized her for a moment.
There was no hurry, she told herself. She had all the time in the universe. How strange a concept that seemed in her turgid, frantic life. She took in the flickering lights dancing on the waves, rested in the infinite blue of sky and sea. Laying back in the waves she yielded to their gentle rocking like a child in mother’s arms as the waters cleansed and relaxed her. She felt oddly at peace, tranquil, at one with the ocean.
Tentatively she reached down hesitant toes; the earth was still there beneath her. She realized, she did not want to die leaving this world of wonder unexplored. Some things she wanted to end, the endless cycle of the rat race, the fruitless love affair that left her stained and dirty, but not life. She had yet to embrace life. With heart beating she stood among the waves letting them wash away the past, taking in their gentle power, their persistence, she yielded to a new perspective. The sea had healed her.

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