There are moments when I feel blessed beyond. Moments that infuse me with joy, serenity, and warmth that all flow through my heart and my soul. One of such moments or better yet a string of mesmerizing moments is taking place right now!
I’m lounging on a terrace that is overlooking the tiny bay that snakes around Istrian town Umag. Summer heat doesn’t bother me for I am continuously bathed by tiny sea droplets that are carried by a perfect sea breeze. With each breath I take my nose is spoiled by an intoxicating mixture of lavender and rosemary scent that freely float in the air.
My skin is coated with slivers of sea salt that have remained after my early morning swimming and diving in the middle of emerald sea. (Confession time: I love the scent and traces of sea on my skin. In fact I love it so much that I leave it on till late night…)
My brave little doggie is spread on all four next to me. Her head is up, her nostrils continuously moving as she is taking in the whole surrounding with a gusto that is not easy to be matched.
Cat Empire plays in the background and its sound beautifully fuses with the sounds of seagulls, crashing waves, and an occasional fishing boat that makes its way across the bay.
I am holding an espresso cup with freshly pulled Illy espresso over two cubes of ice. My fingers smell of crushed mint leaves and lime juice that I moments ago infused a pitcher of cool water with.
A sip of espresso and everything seems to stop for the moment feels beyond perfect and I am taking it all in as if it’s my last day on earth.
It just may be. And if it turns out it is I am content for I experienced joy, I experienced bliss, I experienced life fully lived.