This is a journal entry from one of my students. She is 15 years old and shared it with me at the end of her course so I could share it with you. She was inspired by the ocean and hopes that her journal entry will inspire you as well. I’m sharing it here – these are her words.
Wednesday “Hump Day”
The sun is out as I start this entry, a sure sign that this day, the midpoint day in our week, was a good day. The morning dip in the cold Maine waters at 5:30am took my breath away but was almost pleasant in some sick twisted messed up way. We do it every morning. I used to hate it. But now I really like how before you dip, you can be absolutely freezing and shaking and miserable because even though it is summer, it is very cold up here. But after you dip you pull yourself out and everything is numb in a warm way and your brain has sharpened.
This morning after breakfast before we set out, T lead a morning meeting all about loving and respecting the ocean by keeping it clean, and how every action that we choose to take always influences other actions and results later on. We talked a lot about plastic and how bad it is for the environment and especially the ocean. But we can make good choices. T posed a challenge for an entire year or hopefully indefinitely to not drink anything out of one-time use plastic. I think I can do this. At the gas station I could get a Snapple or Monster, but no water bottle or soda or anything in plastic. Also this means no straws at restaurants and bringing a reusable water bottle places and having my own mug to drink from at Starbucks.
Honestly, what we discussed inspired me. Everyone had great ideas and I truly do want to take on that challenge and encourage others to do the same thing. We saw so many cute moon jellyfish and even touched one and it is important to keep their world clean.
The ocean is a body of water but it is also like a living, breathing organism in itself and we need to keep it and the entire world a good clean place to live. Cutting out the silly one-time use plastic that we don’t need is just one small way I can do that and I really want to.
After the talk, we got going and the wind was pretty brutal. We accidentally sailed over a lobster pot and almost got the line stuck on our rudder. So, it was slow going at first. We learned how to judge which way a boat is drifting in the current. Sometimes we were going backward and didn’t even know it.