In total awe and wonder / En admiración total

“Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.”
― Ambrose Bierce.


The Pacific Ocean, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles, California (2016)

Apenas se asomaba el carro fuera del segundo túnel de la autopista Caracas-La Guaira, el mar Caribe aparecía en toda su gloria. Los niños saltábamos en los asientos de pura emoción y coreábamos al unísono: “Ya llegamos!, Ya llegamos!, Ya llegamos!”. Sabíamos que la visión del mar azul escondía la promesa de una playa y de muchas horas de diversión al sol. Esa emoción de ver el mar -como si fuése por primera vez- aún vive en mi luego de tantos años y de tantos kilómetros de por medio. Quizás la emoción ha transmutado en una suerte de reverencia y ahora contemplo el océano en total admiración. No hay nada como un océano para poner mis asuntos mundanos en la perspectiva correcta. Ante esa masa de agua fenomenal, todos mis problemas se muestran minúsculos, mis preocupaciones se vuelven risibles y mis planes aparecen como ejercicios futiles. El mero tamaño del océano me impone un completo silencio*


As soon as the car came out of that second tunnel in the highway from Caracas to La Guaira, the Caribbean Sea would appear before our eyes, in all its glory. Every time then, the kids would jump up and down in our seats in excitement and start chanting in unison: “Ya llegamos!, Ya llegamos!, Ya llegamos!…” (We have arrived!).  We kids knew that the mere sight of the blue sea hid the promise of a beach and countless hours of fun time. That excitement of seeing the sea -as if for the first time- has not faded away and remains with me through the years and the miles and miles away from my home country. Perhaps that excitement transmuted into reverence and now I watch an ocean in total awe and wonder. There is nothing like an ocean to put worldly things in real perspective. Before that huge body of water, all my problems are so minuscule, all my worries become so petty, all my planning seems so futile. The sheer size of the ocean is enough to hush me*

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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