The remnants of this old pier serve as a reminder about what's been present in the past but no longer exists. Finding this pier leads us to many, many questions about it. Who built it and for what purpose? Why would there be a pier in this remote beach? How long ago was it used and when did it fall into disrepair?
The pier might represent some things in our current lives that are no longer useful to us. No longer have any need. No longer matter. Just left to rot away. We might have lost an interest in it for example. A hobby might have become too hard to maintain. Things might have replaced them. They might not be needed or no longer play a prominent role in our lives.
The pier might represent something we deliberately discarded. Decided to let go. Like some outdated technology or piece of furniture or clothes that we haven't worn for years. We might have made a conscious decision about letting go of these things. Or of replacing them with something better, more up to date, more relevant to who we are now.
Most importantly, the pier might represent some parts of ourselves that we have forgotten to nurture. Perhaps our dreams, our hopes, our wishes for the future. We might have lost sight of our inner selves, parts of ourselves might have broken away just like pieces of the pier have been washed away, eroded with time. It may have happened slowly or perhaps a big wave came along and did a lot of damage in one foul swoop.
We notice that some remnants of the pier remain though, perhaps waiting to be resurrected. To be saved and rebuilt. Parts of the pier stand upright, strong, not easily pulled down. The environment around it has had an effect but it has resisted, standing in defiance of the pressures that have been exerted on it.
As we wonder about the past and what has happened before we simply can't ignore the present. We can only make sense of the past through the lens of the present. If only we could go back in the past for a while and make sense of it, learn from it and bring that knowledge into the present.