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Alone beneath the storm-blown sky
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I was on a weekend break in Wales with a couple of friends. We'd gone to Aberystwyth but the weather closed in making the day dark and brooding, which matched my mood at the time during one of my doom-laden episodes.

I was sitting on the shingle beach staring out at the grey waves rolling endlessly in and was overcome by the realization of how tiny and insignificant I was compared to the vastness and power of the ocean.

As I sat there brooding on my lot with the dread of the inevitability of death building, a part of my consciousness began to focus on the sounds of the waves hitting the shore.

There was something dreadful yet beautifully soothing about the relentless ebb and flow of sound, so much so that I found myself in a semi-meditative state somewhere betwixt dread and delight.

by Dave Cheslin

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