The Role of Nature in My Life

1448 Words Aug 30th, 2010 6 Pages
“Things We See Today” The role of nature in my life has greatly changed in the last five years, as well as in the change from adolescence to adulthood. I don’t believe that nature has changed but my perception of nature has and always is, from the rising sun over the cityscape of San Francisco as I take the L Train uphill on Taraval Street, to watching the quarter-sized, glistening diamond, snowflakes fall outside my window as I try and stay awake to catch a glimpse of Santa before morning. To me, Nature is not the woods or a long, sweating hike, nor is it Golden Gate Park in San Francisco or any other city park for that matter. To me, Nature is catching that rhythm the world beats, that I beat, that you beat, that every pulsing …show more content…
I know this hurt him and I feel terribly about this now but I’m sure he knew this might be coming having obviously picked out where he lived. I did my best never to be home those years. It was a lot easier after I started driving and drove my parents mad wondering why I never stayed for more than a few hours (other than sleeping). I hated it, with all my heart. My dog was the only thing natural I liked. I didn’t go out in my woods or out on my friends’ property. The closet I came to nature then, was the National Geographic program on PBS. Nature and I would not bond again until much later. The last five years have been a battle. Living in a tent for six months (not by choice) brought me very close with Nature. I would wake up on a Cliffside with nothing but a hundred foot, sheer rock face, drop with the ocean and rising, blood orange sun in-between. It had a bit of an edge to it though. I was illegally staked out on someone else’s property, leaving before they woke, returning after they slept and I was all alone. After moving to Bolinas, Ca with my older, female cousin, I was abandoned after two weeks for smoother sailing. I had gotten a job serving and bartending and developed a routine; wake up early (I had no phone because the tide soaked it and therefore no alarm), hitchhike to work (no car), work for eight or more hours (notice no mention of shower before, just a dip in the ocean) followed by a heavy night of drinking (there
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