Founder of The Beach Company shares his views on life growing up by the beach:
1. Perspective changes. When I first moved here, I was just a kid. The beach was so magical back then, all I wanted to do was make sandcastles and splash about in the water.
I’ve learned that as we grow up, our outlook on even the same things change over time. Everything is in constant flux, nothing stays the same forever, especially ourselves.
2. Nature is beauty. From the first time I saw it until now, and every time in between, I’ve never grown tired of looking at the great blue sea melt into the horizon in the distance. I’ve never grown tired of watching the sunset or sunrise change the colour of the sky, painting it all shades of pinks, purples and oranges.
I’ve learned that Mother Nature is so, so beautiful.
3. Pollution is a crime. On that note, there’s nothing worse than spoiling all that because of pollution. In my eyes, pollution is laziness. Normally, I am a very liberal person and I wouldn’t think twice about letting people do what they want (as long as they’re not hurting anyone) but I’ve realized I am quite intolerant of this kind of behaviour. If you can’t be bothered to throw away your rubbish in bins just a few meters away, then don’t ‘bother’ coming to the beach at all.
I’ve learned that if people weren’t so selfish, we would all be living in a much better world that would benefit everyone.
4. Fresh air is vital for health and growth. Another thing the beach has helped me do is get fit by running and cycling. We spend too much of our days trapped in our houses/cars/offices/schools/work places that I think it would be good for everyone should try to go outdoors as much as they can. Also, I find the sea air quite healing.
I’ve learned that fresh air is a gift that we should always be grateful for.
5. The world carries on. Everyday, the sun never fails to rise and set. The tide never fails to come in and go out. The birds never fail to call every morning. Of course nothing would stop just for me, but I remember coming back to the the beach for the first time in a long while and thinking “It’s all still the same”.
I learned that the familiar sound, smell and feel of the beach means it will always be my home.
Have you learned any lessons from where you grew up? THE BEACH COMPANY would love to know if I’ve missed out on anything. Please let us know in the comments!