There is nothing quite like being aboard a Navy hospital ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with the vast blue stretching endlessly around you for miles and miles. It’s an incredibly powerful and provoking feeling to see that it’s just you and the ocean around you on all sides. I stepped outside and was just flooded with an overpowering sense of tranquility because it’s unreal just how beautiful the ocean can be. It’s incredibly calm and the clear sky fades slowly into the horizon, meeting the waters and forming gorgeous ombre blues. The point where sky meets sea is indistinguishable and it leaves you wonderstruck. Just the other day I stepped out onto the deck and saw the most serene waters I have ever seen in my entire life, with no winds or waves and it just looked like a blanket of silk. Never before have I seen the ocean that calm and it was probably one of the most incredible feelings ever to be able to experience the ocean like that in such serenity. I wish my words could do it justice, but truthfully my words or pictures will never be able to fully capture just how picturesque the sea is. Or how it’s capable of making you feel so serene, so small, so humbled, and yet so at peace. It’s just a crazy feeling. I don’t know how to describe it—sometimes it just feels so unreal that I’m here.
As much as I miss the comfort of being home with family and friends, I’ve learned to make this place a home. For many of the little luxuries that I have had to give up being on the ship, I’m instead given the luxury of living by the beauty of the ocean and the night sky. I’ve spent a couple of nights just lying on the deck with some of the friends I’ve made here, wishing on shooting stars, admiring all the constellations, the brilliant Venus and Jupiter and their dazzling reflections in the water, the magnificence of the Milky Way, and all the millions of stars twinkling in the night sky. It’s absolutely awing and it’s such a lovely little reminder to think about somewhere on the other side of the Earth, there are people out there under the same stars. Every day that I go out and see another golden sunset or lie out under the night sky, I fall in love over and over again with all of the beautiful blessings in my life.
Sailing into the horizon aboard the USNS Mercy and I couldn’t be more grateful for such a rare opportunity that I’m privileged enough to experience.
The pastel pinks and violets painting the sky after sunset.
The intense blood orange after the sun drops into the waters is mesmerizing.
Beautiful and bright Venus and Jupiter peeking through the night at the end of the sunset, with its dazzling reflection shining in the water.
Thinking of all my loved ones back home and all the beautiful humans I’ve ever had the chance of meeting. Extra hugs and all my love from somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Good night world ♥