We all have our happy place. The place where all is right in the world. The place where you can clear your mind and just enjoy life. The place that brings a smile to your face. The place whose beauty you never take for granted. For me, that place is the beach.
Atlantic Ocean, Georgia
Growing up in Pennsylvania with not a lot of money to take big vacations, the beach was just a place I saw on TV or in pictures from my friends. The ocean was just a picture, the sound of waves something I only heard when I put my ear up to this huge shell my grandmother had at her house. The first time I ever saw the ocean was when I was in high school, after we moved to Georgia where the ocean was about five hours away.
My first experience was at Savannah and Tybee Island.
My mom, sister and I(me in the pink.) Savannah, GA
I will never forget the first time I stepped out onto the beach and felt my sad under my feet as I walked towards the waves crashing in. It sounds cliche, like the song, but it is amazing how small you feel standing next to the ocean. How truly beautiful and amazing it all really is.
I fell in love with the beach and the ocean on that trip, and my love for it has only grown stronger over the years. There have been several beach trips since then. My mom and I took a trip to Orange Beach on summer when I was in college, just the two of us. We had such an amazing time. I remember laying on the beach with her, dreaming about how one day we wanted to own one of the houses down there and we could visit as often as we liked.
One summer, I went to Destin and Panama City with some friends. We spent all of our days beach side and all of our nights scoping out the cool restaurants in the area, listening to Matt Nathanson in the car as we drove around. Every time I hear a song off that album, I am instantly calmed by thoughts of the beach.
Perfecting beach selfies before selfies were a thing.
Chris and I try to visit Gulf Shores Alabama every summer….at least once.
Yup. The beach is my happy place. I love to just get away for a few days, hear the waves crashing in, watch the sun rise, and sit in the pool and think about absolutely nothing,
Where is your happy place?