- Dave Barry
All of my life I have either lived on, lived right next to, or at least been relatively close to the ocean. Where I live now is the farthest I have ever lived from it. I don't think I have ever gone more than a week without having the ocean at least in my site, when I am in Massachusetts. There is something calming for me, about the vastness of the blue, cold, water; filled with life, and about the waves that consistently fall along the shoreline. Although waves fall every few seconds, on every beach and cove that the ocean touches, no two waves are ever the same. I find that incredible, it is the best thing about nature, that what you are witnessing right now, will never take place in the same way ever again, wether it's a lightning strike, a bird migrating, or a tree falling.
I have always wanted to go scuba diving, because it immerses you in the community of life underwater. With a tank of air, a mask, and goggles you can stay underwater for hours at a time, witnessing these unique amazing events that only you can see in that moment.
At the beginning of each summer I am privileged enough to be able to spend a week in a beach front condo, in New Smyrna beach in florida. During that time I am in the water at least six hours each day with my cousins. The day starts off with a few hours of exhausting, wave bashing, body surfing or boogie boarding. After a few hours of playing in the surf we retire to the pool and play toothpaste, categories or we just swim around, then we have lunch. Once we return from lunch we rush out into the surf and try to ride as many waves as possible in the warm, afternoon, water until the afternoon thunderstorm hits. At night we go crabbing in the shallows of the water. The ocean is very important to me, and I know that it will continue to be that way throughout my life.