Have you had any particularly spiritual experiences this past year? How has this experience affected you? “Spiritual” can be broadly defined to include secular spiritual experiences: artistic, cultural, and so forth.
For the first time in my life, I have experienced the emptiness that is the open sea. The vast, inky blue-black of night on the open ocean stretching into infinity is an entirely different experience, even if it is made through the confines of a modern cruise ship. There’s something different about being in situ on the water versus being on the beach looking out across the water. There is no land in sight, there is no refuge except this moving island of steel and fiberglass. It’s humbling, and it’s relaxing, and it changes the way you see the world.