Make no mistake about it, we teachers live for spring break. We relish that week off from schoolwork and a chance to relax and unwind. This year, I can honestly say I needed my spring break more than ever.
I spent my peaceful week at Smooth Sailing, a beautiful beach house owned by my cousin, located at Hatteras by the Sea. Up until break, my only experiences near Hatteras had been visiting the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and catching a ferry to Ocracoke Island. This time I got to see what Hatteras really had to offer and learned there honestly is not a lot there. At first, this disappointed me, but after a day I realized life without Starbucks, a major grocery store, and an outlet mall was just fine. I truly mastered the art of doing nothing. I embraced the quietness and simplicity of my days. I walked. I read. I knitted. I slept late. I watched the sunset. I drank salty dogs. I sat in chaise loungers and adirondack chairs. I listened to the ocean waves. I watched kite surfers. I tasted salt air on my lips. I had messy hair. I possessed no technology nor had an agenda. I felt at peace with the world. There is something magical about feeling like it is ok to do nothing. As a teacher, I spend so much time worrying about others and having a plan. I had nothing I had to do for seven days and it was pure bliss. I didn’t need to be entertained with shops, a movie theatre, a Duck Donut or an iced coffee from Starbucks. I had all I needed. I had shelter in a wonderful house, the company of good friends, and an extraordinary ocean view. What more could a beachgirl want?
I will say that we ventured out during the week to do a few touristy things. We visited the Bodie Island Lighthouse on the way down and later stopped to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. We ate delicious pizza from Rocco’s and had an amazing dinner at Dinky’s. My only shopping purchase was a Life is Good t-shirt at Kitty Hawk Kites. We visited the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum where I saw relics from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, as well as learned about fishing on the OBX, scuba diving and ironclads of the Atlantic. The best thing about the museum was seeing the original Fresnel Lens from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Spring Break was as sweet as I dreamed it would be. I fell in love with Hatteras and look forward to a chance to return. I hope you can find pleasure in the art of doing nothing. Whether you are on a beautiful beach, or at that special place you love, take time to commune with nature and find inner peace. I promise you will return home refreshed and ready to move toward whatever door life opens.