Seaglass represents opportunity in the most unlikely areas, and reminds me that life is simple if you fill it with what you love. Your happiness won’t come from your next big paycheck, but from opening your eyes to finding joy in everyday life.
I t’s a slightly bizarre title I know, but the story I am about to tell is about collecting sea glass on the Isles of Scilly. The Isles of Scilly are a scatter of Caribbean-like islands off the west coast of Penzance. Although just a stone’s throw away from the mainland, these tropical islands make you feel like a world away once you arrive into St. Mary’s harbour.
We were climbing the rock – as my brother and I used to call it- and for young kids, reaching the top of the giant rock that looked out to sea was always a highlight of our annual trips to tresco island. It was a step but great challenge for two eager young kids, but once we got to the top, we would wave back at our parents sitting in the garden hotel feeling on top of the world. As we turned around, the ocean was waving back at us and we were invincible. Every evening we’d climb the rock, then venture along the beach looking for crabs and going as far as we could before we would be called back
One day, we saw two other girls searching the beach and picking up small objects. Being the invincible kids we were, we ran over to see what they were doing. “We’re collecting seaglass, there’s loads of coloured glass that washes up on the beach and the ocean has made it soft and rounded so it’s perfect to sell as jewellery.” The seaglass was truly beautiful, especially the turquoise coloured pieces that matched the oceans shade. We spent the day collecting sea glass with them and quickly learned they had a sea glass jewellery shop in padstow where they would sell handmade pieces. The simplicity of a life spent on an island collecting sea glass to remodel as jewellery was beautiful to me. This was years ago, before recycled beach waste as jewellery became cool and trendy, and it represents my innocent childhood spent curiously exploring with my brother and parents.
Years later, we visited their shop in padstow but unfortunately didn’t see the two girls there. I still wonder where they’ve ended up and what they’re doing, but whatever it is or wherever they are, I hope they are still seeing the beauty in what others have disregarded. Seaglass represents opportunity in the most unlikely areas, and reminds me that life is simple if you fill it with what you love. Your happiness won’t come from your next big paycheck, but from opening your eyes to finding joy in everyday life.