Wearing: Spell lace maxi dress.
On this day Melissa and I woke to watch the sunrise. We were some of the first people on Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Lee. I jumped off the boat several times in to the glowing blue waters of Pileh Lagoon. On the way back to Krabi we asked the boat’s captain to pull over in open water nearby Four Islands, stripped naked and dived in together holding hands. We skinny dipped back at the hotel in the pool for sunset, beer in hand and listened to the cicadas.
While I’m still on a personal note after my last post, I thought I’d very lightly touch on the significance of this day. To some these might look like photos of me wearing a pretty dress, in a pretty place. But to me, and my family, they are so much more. To go from not knowing if I would ever walk again, to spinning and dancing with sand between my toes, to falling over in to the water while hysterically laughing is a blessing that never goes unnoticed.
Ten years ago, to the day, I was in a bad car accident that left me heavily injured. I spent months on bed rest in hospital, years in rehab after learning to walk again, to ultimately buy a one way ticket overseas. This is obviously an extremely condensed version of the most defining point of my life that still effects me physically and mentally every day, but I do plan on sharing it all one day… when I finally sit still and write a book of these crazy chapters of lives within my lifetime.
I have known my best friend Melissa for these whole ten years, and having her beside me on this day was immeasurable. She knows loss more than most, and the waves that come with it… we are so fortunate to have shared the highs and lows every step of the way together. She was more emotional than me that morning as I was somewhat distracted by how surreal and perfect everything was. And how fucking lucky I am to still be here.
Photos by Melissa Findley