back from the beach...

Time on Nantucket is as fluid as the water. From early morning jaunts to Brant Point Light and meandering walks to Island Coffee to laughing on the lawn with friends, there's a magic that comes from being lulled into an existence that's not governed by deadlines, subway schedules or have-to-bes and shoulds. 

Sankaty Head Light, Sconset. Photography by Amy Flyntz. 

Sankaty Head Light, Sconset. Photography by Amy Flyntz. 

There's something so freeing about not being aware of time, or even caring about it. 

Sconset Cottage, Nantucket. Photography by Amy Flyntz.

Sconset Cottage, Nantucket. Photography by Amy Flyntz.

In the hectic day to day of city life, we often forget just what we're working so hard for. We chase our tails, we take on multiple jobs, and we spend more hours than we care to admit doing things we don't love so we can afford more things or, in this case, a few days away on a picturesque island off the coast of Massachusetts. 

Straight's Wharf. Photography by Amy Flyntz. 

Straight's Wharf. Photography by Amy Flyntz. 

After dinner at Cru one night, four of us headed over to Dune for cocktails. We met John, a bartender/Realtor who lives on island year round. He told us that he first came to Nantucket 20 years ago, and he fell head over heels for all the island had to offer. 

He went back to Boston and worked tirelessly for years to save to buy a beautiful house on Nantucket. One day, it dawned on him: wasn't the whole point just to be on Nantucket? So he readjusted his focus and traded his dreams of sprawling square footage for something even bigger: freedom. 

He moved to Nantucket soon after, and has been there for over ten years. There is not a day that goes by that he regrets his decision. 

We sat there, the four of us, smiling in awe of John's wisdom. 

It's so easy to get caught up in being busy that we often forget what we're toiling for: to live in a place that makes us feel inspired and alive, if we're lucky. To be surrounded by whatever beauty speaks to our soul. To feel that slight fluttering in our chest when we return home after traveling. 

At the end of the day, sometimes we need to be reminded that scaling back our vision for a "perfect life" may be the best shot we have at making our dreams come true. If we step back from that vision, allow the light in, expand our scope...

Playing in the Daffodils. Sankaty Head. Photo courtesy of Gianne Doherty. 

Playing in the Daffodils. Sankaty Head. Photo courtesy of Gianne Doherty. 

...maybe we'll find that the perfect life is more about loving where we are. Maybe it's about the freedom to forget about the clock long enough to actually live where we've made our life. 

Nantucket provides endless gifts to those who visit: staggering views from foggy bluffs. Breathtaking sunsets. Meandering cobblestone streets. Waves that speak to something primal in our soul. 

This year, the greatest gift Nantucket gave us was an anecdote from a bartender named John.