Beaches aren’t just for sandy feet and salty hair.
The sea! the sea! the open sea!
The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
– Barry W. Procter
There’s something about the beach that calms us, yet simultaneously inspires ineffable wanderlust. Whether it’s the endless coastline stretching as far as the eye can see, or the care-free pelicans and seagulls, I do not know. But what is clear to me, is that a day spent by the beach, is a day well spent.
While the salty breeze clears the mind, the sound of lapping waves soothes it. Sandy dunes grace the otherwise flat horizon, and what is better than walking barefoot through clear sand? The fine grains, both heating and cooling, melt away with each step. But the ocean, oh the ocean. Magnificent in its depth and all-encompassing breadth, it never ceases to amaze. A glittering and mysterious blue, the water refracts light, seeming to change colour almost constantly. Grassy patches lend an air of comfort and wholesome dash of green. Paradise.
Yet, Rickett’s Point Beach, to anyone else, may seem unassuming and outstandingly ordinary. For me, however, it is the beach where I grew up just a short walk away. And so often, as I look out on the water, I do not see lapping waves. Instead what I see are the memories of my past – the family walks, intrepid explorations, and lazy days spent frolicking in the water.
Beaches create memories, they inspire you to ponder and reconnect with your surroundings.
I like beaches, and you should too. So next time the weather is nice, give yourself a moment to breathe and head to the beach. Because a day spent by the beach, is a day well spent.