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All was well for Levi, a little boy growing up on an island off the coast of North Carolina. But when a bridge is built, connecting the island to the mainland, his entire life gets turned upside-down.
From then on, Levi has to come to grips with change and the opportunities that come with it.
Love of home, love of a partner and love of family all seem to be falling apart. Slowly, Levi is pushed towards the inevitable — crossing that bridge to see what lies beyond the horizon.
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A young man must change when a bridge connects his island to the mainland. | The Moped Diaries
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There’s an old country song says,
“Love can build a bridge.”
I mean, how beautiful is that?
But let me tell you, there’s a flip side to that coin.
Because a bridge built at the wrong place,
and at the wrong time…
can tear love apart.
This is my story…
Fall in love, because that obnoxious, little, cute 5-year-old is me, Levi.
That’s my older brother JR.
Now, we were raised on Colington Island
which is just off the coast of North Carolina.
At the time, Colington was known for its booming fishing industries
and picturesque long, white, sandy beaches.
Now, commercial longlining is what kept food
on our families’ tables for generations.
That is until the powers that be decided…
we needed a bridge to connect us to the mainland.
Now, what those powers did not know
is what happens when you put 10,000 concrete pilings
in the middle of fertile fishing grounds.
Those fish migrate to more hospitable waters.
And fishermen’s families are torn apart.
For us, it was a two-step process:
It started with the bank foreclosing on the big house.
And ended with mom heading to the mainland
in search of greener pastures.
The most important life lesson I’ve ever learned is this:
Sometimes people leave.
And sometimes, unexpectedly.
Take a deep breath.
Mourn the loss.
And start living again.
Dad wasn’t going anywhere.
New bridge or not.
He’d grown up here just like his dad.
And his dad before him.
You fished, you lived and you died on Colington.
It’s my home!
Love this God damn island!
People on Colington do not go down without a fight.
With all the big game fish gone, we turned to crabbing.
Dad knew boats, he knew them really well.
So Old Man Winki gave him a job on the docks.
I see your sign.
You want to work or you just want a paycheck?
No sir, I want to work.
Come on in.
You’re going to have a bigger lure
followed by a smaller lure.
And I promise you, the fish will always hit the smaller lure.
JR, Winki, Dad and me,
we were boys.
there was a girl.
And when you’re 10, love’s that easy.
I could have stayed in that water forever.
A local fisherman is dead tonight
after a fatal run-in with the minor bridge.
He was responding to an SOS call from a capsized hobbycraft
when the collision occurred.
Don’t take anything for granted.
Because you can’t choose what happens.
You can only choose how you respond to what happens.
Let me take you to my favorite fishing spot.
And in this case,
Winki chose to respond by illegally adopting us.
Get down. Get down!
Don’t let anybody see you.
Don’t let them know you’re up there.
He said there was no use filling out any paperwork
because he didn’t like pens, he didn’t like paper
and he sure as shit didn’t trust the system.
All right then, this lever that I told you runs the cable?
It comes off a winch in the back of the boom.
And a winch can be two things: It can run a cable…
or it can be a woman.
Now, I would never I’m better than anybody.
And I would especially never say that about my big brother JR.
But at this time, I just got dealt a better hand.
I had the love of a good woman to keep me on the straight and narrow.
And JR didn’t.
Don’t touch my stuff!
I’m going to get cigarettes.
Don’t touch my stuff.
JR wasn’t going to get cigarettes.
He was going to rob a fireworks stand.
And that was the last time I saw him.
There’s something about being in love
and laying next to a hot body at night
that can make you forget everything.
Because when one person is the source of all your happiness,
you’ve got all your eggs in one basket.
And the world is filled with wolves.
And wolves love to eat eggs.
Hey, how you doing?
I couldn’t help but notice your sign.
Do you still need a set of hands?
You looking for work or just a paycheck?
Looking to work, sir.
What’s your name?
And you’re from here?
Your whole life?
I met someone.
When you know, you just know. You know?
The No. 1 problem with young love is that it’s fleeting.
It’s the most powerful emotion, but unfortunately…
it can also be the most temporary.
You get that magical moment, a weekend, a year…
But people change.
You can’t stop the erosion of time, it just happens.
Ah, you think it’s bad,
but let me tell you what hard times are really like.
Going through a breakup is like being shipwrecked
on the loneliest, saddest, most isolated island in the universe.
You can’t eat, you can’t sleep.
You don’t care about anything.
And the reason is you’re in withdrawal.
Love is cocaine for your brain.
Dopamine, serotonin and opiates are being created by the boatloads.
And when you come off of that, there’s nothing left.
I’m only doing this because I love you.
Levi, your life is your story.
Make it a good one.
And Winki was right.
The only way to break out of that chemical prison
that can shackle your brain is to try new things
that fire new synopses.
Getting out of bed, going running, feeling the sun on your face.
Discovering new things and welcoming new experiences
into your world.
You have to step out into the unknown
and just pray the road will rise to meet you.
And it will.
It has to.
There’s no option for failure.
When the time is right, you make your moment.
What will come or unfold isn’t anything to fear.
It’s what will become the stories of your life.
It’s a big world out there.
Go get it.
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