For most people the beach is somewhere to go on vacation, or for an occasional day out. The idea of living there might seem like a dream, but what is it really like for those who live right there and can see it every day? Here are 18 things that can only be fully understood by those who live by the beach.
Wrapping up warm and walking on a deserted beach in winter is a uniquely invigorating experience.
After all, you get to live somewhere that people yearn to visit all year.
Similarly, if you’re in need of some inspiration, you will find it by digging your toes in the sand.
You wouldn’t leave trash in their backyards, so why do they leave it on your beach?
Even if it’s just sitting on the beach which is a perfectly valid way to spend time, unlike anywhere else when just sitting and doing nothing is clearly a waste of time.
Even better if it’s been prepared on the beach. You’ve perfected the art of preparing and eating food on the beach without ingesting gritty sand, this is a skill to be envied by the casual beach visitor.
Especially the sunsets. And the sunrises. And during the midday sun.
Ditto your car, clothes, hair, and pets.
This categorization enables you to predict their behavior on the beach, providing you with hours of entertainment as you watch and nod knowingly.
The delight in finding and collecting pretty shells, or coming across small sea creatures in little pools of water, is not reserved for children or occasional visitors.
And no smell better than the salty sea air.
You understand that they are essential for the economy of the area, and you love to see them arrive, but you wish they could be less intrusive in your beach paradise. You aim to be friendly and welcoming to them, but wish at times they showed more consideration for their surroundings and the local residents when they visit.
In the summer you can easily forget that other types of clothes exist.
You’ve seen it at its calmest best and at its roughest worst, and understand the need to always respect it.
They clearly haven’t understood your beach, and this situation must be rectified immediately.
However long you’ve lived near the beach, and however many things you’ve seen there, every year when the visitors arrive you will be surprised by new things they do, wear, and say.
They might as well say they don’t like breathing.
You may leave for a while, but you’ll be back. They always come back.
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