The ocean and I go way back. My first encounter was in the south of France when I was eighteen months old. My folks walked me down to the ocean and apparently I just kept on walking until the water was nearly over my head. That was it, I was sold. I needed the ocean in my life. Like many millions of other who feel they have a connection to the ocean, I have my reasons as to why I love it, and I’m sure you do too… Here are mine:
1. Calmness. When ever I pull up to the ocean, no matter what its doing, I get a wave (pun intended) of relief wash over me. If you get the feeling you’ll know exactly what I mean, if not, its quite hard to describe. Its like I’m exactly where I need to be. The calmness sets in and time doesn’t exist. (I get this feeling when I’m near any body of water which is probably why wakeboarding has stuck with me seeing as I’m landlocked!)
2. The lifestyle. I absolutely love waking up not have to worry about clothes or make up. When I’m on a surf trip, everything is stripped back. No outfits, no make up, no hair styling.. just glowing skin smelling of sunscreen, salty hair and slightly burnt lips. Its the simple life and its fabulous.
3. The beach. I have always loved the beach, but now I have a new love for it because of my kids. I’m doing all the fun stuff that my folks used to do with me, like build sandcastles and bury each other. The beach is a much more valuable place for my kids to play than an indoor play centre.
4. The ocean. If there are waves you can surf. If the conditions are not right you can do anything else, swim, jump over waves, body surf the shore break, paddle board, the list goes on.
5. My body. I absolutely love what the ocean does to my body, because I’m using it, it keeps me fit and healthy. The salt heals everything. Everything. Also there are more negative ions around large areas of water which boost our mood and help us stay positive. (Seriously, google it).
So if you’re an ocean lover like me, high fives! If you’re not, get yourself to your nearest body of water, take a moment to just stare in silence and see you can feel it.