I think that for a year or so I had a tendency to take Isla Vista for granted.
Living so close to the beach is truly such a beautiful thing. The ocean has so many powers that we don’t realize. It changes, it heals, it moves rocks and beings across the globe. And there is something so wonderful about being within such a close proximity to it.
Sometimes my gratitude toward Isla Vista — scratch that, almost all the time — comes in the form of an appreciation for the weather. We are so blessed to have such wonderful weather year round here in Isla Vista. Sure, we tend to complain sometimes when it is stormy a few days a year, but for the most part, it is sunny and 75, just the way we like it.
But today, my gratitude for living here in I.V. goes beyond just the weather. It really is a very special place. With our overpriced quick-service restaurants — most of which stay open late on the weekends for the occasional drunchie or late-night-bite addict — our community and our numerous parks, this place is really unique. It is a place where college students and long-time residents can walk the street together, where you can see a guy riding his skateboard while his dog runs beside him and swarms of Greek life students on their way to some sort of day rager. You can hear the sound of the ocean coming from one direction and terribly loud music coming from the other. There are coffee shops, cute little rest stops, little free libraries and community food co-ops. And it is all here to enjoy, in our unincorporated little town.
There are some things about Isla Vista that should change, some that need improving and some that are downright ridiculous. But at the end of the day, I know that I can thank the universe for giving me this wonderful place to live. It has been a great three years here in this community and I can’t wait to see what this fourth one has in store.