Editor’s Note: photo and text by Amanda Downey, a frequent contributor to Put-in-Bay Daily. Her words and images offer good thoughts for reflection.
Living on South Bass Island I’ve learned to be resourceful and enjoy life a little bit more.
I have discovered the beauty of simplicity and the joy of making the best out of what I have. Living on this island, surrounded by nature’s abundant wonders, has taught me the art of being resourceful. Over time, I have become adept at finding innovative solutions to everyday problems, using materials that are easily available.
I am constantly reminded of the interconnectedness of everything on this island.
Living here has also opened my eyes to the simple pleasures that can be found in the most unconventional places. I have learned to appreciate the smallest of joys: the mesmerizing hues of the sunset seeping through the trees, the sound of waves crashing against the shore, and the laughter shared with newfound friends around a bonfire. Life on this island has taught me to slow down, to savor the moments that truly matter.
But it’s not just survival and contentment that I have found on this island. Along with resourcefulness and gratitude, I have discovered a sense of community that I had never experienced before. The bonds formed with the few souls who call this place their home go deeper than any I have ever known. We rely on each other, support one another, and celebrate life together in a way that is incomparable.
Living on this island has transformed me into a person I never thought I could be. I have grown closer to nature, become more self-sufficient, and learned to appreciate the simple joys in life. As I continue my journey on this enchanting island, I am filled with anticipation for the adventures that lie ahead. Each day brings with it new discoveries and endless possibilities, and with every sunrise I awaken with a renewed sense of gratitude and wonder.