Beach life, island time, being a beach bum. Everyone knows what those things are, but I’d like to know why being near the ocean is so addicting.
And I think I have an answer.
You are forced to be connected to nature.
The waves don’t care at all what you are doing. They are busy doing their own thing, to their own rhythm. They are making their own noise and supporting their own life.
Sure, you might surf, or swim, or do some other sport that harnesses their power, but as a human you are unable to really do anything about those waves.
The tide is also totally in your way. And it doesn’t care either. You have to pay attention to time in a whole new way. Something you created out of sand is easily wiped away, and whole beaches get swallowed daily. And then they return. It’s like we borrow this whole expanse of sand, but there isn’t any bargaining we can do about it. When the tide comes in, you have to get out of the way.
There are so many things that people can control. When it gets dark, I turn on the light. When I’m cold, I turn on a heater. When I’m hot I can turn on the air conditioning. The ocean is different. It’s a whole massive ecosystem, doing it’s own thing. Humans have waged a whole climate war agains the ocean, and are in the process of destroying it, and our planet. Yet, the amount of abuse the ocean has sustained, while still going about it’s daily routine is phenomenal.
The beach is more than just a gathering place where people play volleyball. It’s a place that we come to witness nature.