“I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads. It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel” – Anthony Doerr
I’ve experienced the ocean from various places, everywhere from the warm beaches of Southern California to the foggy Oregon coasts, to the tropical and humid beaches of Hawaii. Something about the vastness of the ocean continues to allure and astonish me, and I often find myself longing to return to see it. Whenever I travel to the ocean, I enjoy watching the endless series of waves roll on and disperse onto the sand and rocks. It’s such a captivating sight in my opinion, and I very much enjoy staring in awe, seemingly without losing interest. From an observational standpoint, the ocean extends as far as the eye can see, engulfing the horizon and inundating cliff sides. The ocean mist feels beyond refreshing and the humid environment provides sort of a freshness, and presents sort of a tranquil environment.
There’s something about being alone with the waves and nature, watching seagulls & squirrels frolic and soar around me, something about it feels cathartic. A perspective-awareness factor comes into play when I start to conceptualize the true vastness of the ocean. What do you feel when you stand at the wake of the sea? Staring out into seemingly infinite blue as the sun reflects from the surface, it provokes thought regarding how insignificant mundane problems that people generally worry about become. Breaking down the relationship between man and the Earth to bare minimum, just being a human with the sea, I quickly begin to forget about my anxieties and worries that otherwise would plague & trouble my thoughts into stress and strain. Once you stand before the growing and receding boundary of the expansive body of the sea, all of the stresses of the human condition seem to quickly fade away. As I stare in admiration, I don’t so much reflect, but I stop thinking as manically altogether.
I feel that the value of admiring nature and the beauty the Earth has to offer has become lost on youth in recent years. Taking the time to truly treasure the aesthetic and peace the oceanic environment has to offer holds great value to me. It’s beneficial to anyone, at some point or another, to stop thinking so much and to simply be content with existing, and to appreciate and be grateful for our opportunity to be here on this beautiful planet. We’ve become so inclined to focus so much on our day-to-day lives that we tend to not appreciate the world around us, and for me it’s something that’s therapeutic and absolutely puts my life in perspective, and allows me to clear my head and not stress so much about the smaller issues.