To be creative, to be healthy, to be happy, we need rest time. We need sleep. But we also need recreation, preferably outdoors, in a place where we can experience the beauty that is all around us: if we open our eyes, if we have a grateful heart, and if we have a positive attitude.
One nice respite is a beach, either ocean, lake, pond, even river. A place where water soothes the soul and body.
My favorite beach is likely the one I’m currently enjoying. I’ve fallen in love with beaches in Asia, Europe, the east and west coast of America, and a lake “beach” in the middle of Africa.
Sanibel and Captiva Beach is Number One
But when it comes right down to it, one of my “hometown” beaches remains deep in my heart. I choose Blind Pass Beach between Sanibel and Captiva Island in southwest Florida. Seeing this beach changed my life. It caused me to move from Oregon to Florida to begin my career after grad school long ago. There, I became mesmerized by zillions of shells, which I discovered originally hosted amazing living creatures. I also gained an idea of the essence of time, considering how long it must have taken to create a sandy beach from the shells that once encased those living beings. On this beach, I enjoyed a beer or two, floated in the warm waters, kayaked in and out of the pass when it was open, continually became sunburned, and learned to love jogging. But also on this beach, as a newspaper reporter, I experienced and wrote about hurricanes blasting the islands, ripping off roofs and flooding homes; a man saving a child from a storm undertow and almost dying himself; and of tiny loggerhead turtle hatchlings clumsily waddling into the Gulf of Mexico.
Go find your beach
Everyone has their own experiences in their own places. Sometimes it isn’t just the “pretty picture” of a place. It’s what happens in that “picture.” I encourage you to go find a few places where that can happen for you.