Oh the imminent pain…The size of those waves are just crazy
“The lonely bouy sways in shifting directions. The wind is strong. The point cascades into th beckoning sea below. The kelp beds lie quantly outside the crashing of the waves. The rocks jet out from the surface of the water as if they are trying to escape. The palms sway with the wind blowing onshore. The water possesses an astounding emerald green color that rivals the leaves of pine trees. The buoy isn’t so lonely anymore, a boat has joined it. The waves form and gain momentum before they pound the shore and die. The whitewash and aftermath of the wave looks like stained glass. The air smells fresh and clean. All of these elements have come together to form a moment that is truly beautiful to witness. A moment that calms stress. A moment that cures the pains of daily life. A moment that embraces love. A moment that inspires life. And a moment that is remembered forever. Now as the sun peaks through the light clouds, I realize that moment, much like life, is changing. As days go by, that beach I once had so many amazing and life-changing moments at, vanishes. Fences block the view of the rocky point, houses block my view of the surf, and the parking lot ruins the feeling of peacefulness and secrecy in a place that my best friends and I felt was ours. That we two summers ago. There was no parking lot, no driveways, no fences, no houses, no walkways, no nothing except a single flight of old wooden stairs that started on the top of the cliff and looked as if they fell right into the ocean. The feeling I used to get from coming here was unexplainable. Now all I feel is nausea and disgust. Why must we exploit our coast for everything it’s worth? Why do we insist on sucking the life and tradition out of every inch of our once beautiful California coastline? Just to make a quick buck? Why does it seem like every person is greedy? It’s probably because every person is greedy, myself included. It’s normal to harbor greed, but there comes a time when it needs to be stopped. That time is now. We must do whatever it takes to save the California coast that I, and many others have come to love. It’s our responsibility to. And as the sun breaks through the clouds again and as the sailboat disappears onto the horizon, I want to leave you with a quote from the late Alexander Supertramp: “happiness is only real when shared.” I think that this is true. We must share our happiness and love. But I wish my friends and I would’ve kept our happiness- our beach- to ourselves.”- Andy Reese
Holy crap! I just gained a ton!