Honestly, during our stay on Little Gasparilla nothing impressed me as much as the thunderstorms blowing through the island. One of the thunderstorms in particular was severe. Everything was so silent before the storm, no wind in the trees, no birds, only a weird feeling of something huge and unknown coming. It felt like the whole world was holding its breath. The air was hot and full of moisture until the moment when, a strong wind from nowhere began to blow and brought a cool breeze and dark clouds filled with anger but still looking so light, calm and beautiful. I was stunned. The light was magical while the golden rays of sunset were sinking into horizon under the dark power of the clouds.
The storm reminded me freedom. I am not sure people believe in freedom nowadays. It feels dated. Compulsion and social obedience is the rule of the day (existing not living!). Sometimes I feel claustrophobic living in a society of forced patterns where people for some strange reason feel safe. Nobody does anything except working. Social media and the same opinion on everything or everyone shows that people want nothing but mirrors around them. The whole world seems to use the InterNet to hide from their own emptiness. I fell in love with thunderstorms because they made me feel free of those compulsions and patterns. As each storm was so different and so damn breathtaking, so too were my heart and the thoughts in my head! I didn't take pictures of all of the storms as I was just too busy enjoying them.
Then it rained and the sky disappeared in the darkness. Only lightning strikes were continuing to fire up the sky every other minute. And the thunder was so loud, our cottage was shaking. I was scared but at the same time exhilarated. The view from our porch was amazing. Robert and I were sitting in the lounge chairs under the screened porch with glasses of sangria quietly enjoying the anger of nature (well, sometimes I would make a loud scream, the lightning was so close and so bright). And then, the storm would vanish as if it never existed while the rain kept going all night.