“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.”
(Jonathon Livingston Seagull)
As I’m writing to you today, I’m sitting on a beach on the outer banks of North Carolina.
It is an amazing, beautiful place… Very natural, and fresh..
Today is a bright and sunny day with a cool breeze, my toes are buried in the sand and I’m surrounded by all manner of seabirds. Yellowlegs, standing like sentries at the surfs edge. Seagulls are flying all around, and pelicans are diving down from high above, smacking straight down into the ocean headfirst!
Best of all, there’s a cute little sand crab about 10 feet away. His eyes are like two little round saucers, perched on top of two long stems. He’s cute, and very shy, and I’m pretty sure he wishes I would just go away! I see him peeping up out at me from his little hole, and cautiously scooting out, about a foot or so.. Then if I move even one little finger, he just zzzzips back into his hole!
I’ve named him “mr. skittles!”
He must have had a big expresso this morning in his little crab hole!
As a child I spent many a summer here on the outer banks vacationing with my family. Names of places like ‘Manteo’ and ‘Wanchese’ were familiar household words to me. I grew up collecting shells at Nags Head. Scampering around the Hatteras lighthouse. Skipping stones on the Roanoke sound. Exploring the wonders of the tidepools. Everywhere falling in love with nature..
Now as an adult I am reading that the oceans are threatened by acid rain, the sea levels are rising because of global warming and melting icecaps, and the coral reefs of the world are slowly dying away. Experts are predicting that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish!
And I’m asking myself,-
“What are we doing here?”
An Open Letter to the Graduating
Class of 2021
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