…because the sea speaks to my soul

Rick Astley blares from the cassette player. We have the windows rolled down in the iconic blue and white Citi Golf and there’s only one way we’re heading… to the beach! That memory is tangible. I feel like a child again. I can smell the sea breeze. The wind gently brushes my hair and I’m overcome with delight. That right there is one of my fondest memories.
And the most beautiful part is that it wasn’t once-off. It was a ritual every weekend. Well almost, given the sun-soaked city we live in. I mean, just look at today’s weather! Durban weather equals beach weather. The beach equals my happy place.
So maybe the Rick Astley obsession gave away my age, but hey, it’s proof that the beach really is my first love! I loved the journey there. My sisters, cousins and I would huddle together in the car, sing and laugh with carefree abandon. And once my feet sunk into the sand, there was no stopping me. Chasing waves, swimming with the natural rhythm of the flowing ocean and seeing the world from a different angle… being at the beach was an endless opportunity for me.
It still is.
Just being at the beach has a calming effect that speaks directly to my soul. I feel a oneness with nature. I feel at peace with the world. As I sit on the shore, every time, without fail, I am reminded of these words beautifully penned by Max Ehrmann in the famous Desiderata..
“And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labours and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy. ”
In my happy place, at the beach, these words make sense. It’s a rejuvenation of sorts. I feel energised to be able to take on anything. It’s no surprise then that many people prefer yoga or meditation on the beach, even running on the beach. There’s a certain clarity of mind that comes from being at the beach.
And it’s also the perfect place to de-stress. Some of the most popular holiday destinations in the world are coastal cities or islands and feature on my bucket list… Bali, Phuket, Mauritius, Zanzibar and Mozambique. Back in South Africa, there’s of course Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and my absolute favourite Jeffrey’s Bay, as pictured here.
What makes me fall in love with the beach again and again is how everyone is equal before the ocean. Social status falls away and it’s all about the simple pleasures… like sand in your toes or splashing around. You don’t have to be a pro swimmer or pro surfer to have fun at the beach. Though, watching talented swimmers and surfers in action is an absolute joy. It’s yet another reminder of how we should live in harmony with nature.
Before the sun fades, I’m off to get my dose of seaside magic. I think that’s the only downside… that there’s never enough time in a day to soak in the beauty of the ocean. So, I’m eagerly counting down to the December summer holidays!
Until then, please share your memories of the beach with me. PhotoGrid_1483999080620.pngPhotoGrid_1505823738721.png5e202cbce7b8e70bdb782e6f4a34f4d8--beach-theme-signs-beach-wood-signs
 
 

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