Spending most days as an engineer, my primary role, complexity inhabits most of what I do and more often how I think even after the workday is over. So when my birthday came around this year, I wanted nothing more than to take the simple route – a weekend of low-key relaxation at the beach on Tybee Island.
I was thankful that my birthday offered up a clear, sunny sky at the beach filled with the salty ocean air and the perfect wind for kite-flying. It took a while searching stores, but I finally located a kite and took to the beach. Once I figured out the assembly, I let it fly, which it did for a few seconds before it crashed. Hard. Only 2-3 times did it actually stay in the air for more than a couple of minutes. The wind pattern was definitely a challenge for my flying skills that day – aeronautical engineering was not my major in school.
But that’s okay – the few minutes I was able to get the kite in the air long enough to sit on one of the wooden swings overlooking the ocean while I enjoyed the cool breeze on my skin, watching my kite soar above the beach, was more than enough birthday celebration for me.