If I had a heart, I think I could fall in love.
Not with a person. No, that would be uncharacteristic of me.
Not with a thing – although I really really like my job, rap, and my books.
I might have fallen in “love” with the beaches in Croatia.
The water is turquoise, clear, and cool.
I might not know how to swim. Honestly, I don’t know how to swim, but that’s not important here at the Sol Stella resort’s lagoon. So yes, I might not appreciate all that the water has to offer. Yet, I appreciate it’s coolnees, its clearness, and its ability to relax me.
Croatia’s beaches are “culturally advanced” in that toplessness is normal. For me, learning to adapt was scarcely problematic.
I just sat out in the resort’s lagoon, floating relaxingly on my green tube. I just floated, happily thinking the work I didn’t have to do; the telephone calls I didn’t have to answer, the emails I didn’t have to read, the problems that I didn’t have to solve, and all the questions I didn’t have to answer.
Several feet down below me, I could see the floor of the lagoon. There was no murky water; no empty bottles; the floor of the lagoon was as clean as the water was clear. Instead of debris, there were smooth rocks and little white-tipped plants growing below water.
Life was (is) good.
I was relaxed because I was happy. I was happy because I was relaxed. I know, it’s circular reasoning, but it’s the best way I can describe my current state of bliss.
On the beach, with my Heineken in my hand, I saw the blue water lapping up against the shore, the beautiful ladies tanning on the beach, the clear skies overhead, and the breeze blowing along the coast.
How could I not be happy? How could I not finally appreciate my vacation?
Now that I only have a week left in Europe, I am trying to savor each moment. Even the minutes spent driving down the road are treasured. The view of the red-tiled houses built up against the hillsides, the cliffs overhanging the water, and the long round tunnels; all these make me content.
Early tomorrow morning, I’m going to leave the Sol Stella resort and head back to Italy for the next 5-days. I’m sure that I will also enjoy Italy, but right now, I don’t want to leave Croatia.
Can’t I just stay here?