Yesterday was the 1st day of summer and the longest day of the year. Is it wrong if I want to be at the beach right now? I love my job, but when summer is around, there’s always something about the season that makes me want to have fun. Maybe it’s time for the sun, perhaps the beach, but no matter how you look at it, summer is a time to enjoy being outside. Yes, it’s scorching. But that’s why being at the beach in the ocean and swimming is so much fun. It’s an incredible feeling to let the waves crash over your feet while you’re walking up and down the shoreline. It’s therapeutic, it’s fun, and you can see some incredible sights.
Every time I met the beach, I always watch some of the kids get involved in volleyball beach tournaments. And then I also get tickled when I’ve seen the doom buggies driving along the beach and the guys and the girls having a fantastic time. There’s nothing like being a free spirit and letting the wind take you. The water calls you home, and you have to be very careful because there’s a lot of danger in the ocean. The undertone is no joke, and that doesn’t even include some of the other things that wash up on shore.
To be careful every time I go to the beach cause I always lose track of time. I tend to take my shoes off and walk barefoot along the edge of the coastal line and let the sea and the sand merge with my feet. It brings a calming sensation that only the salt air can produce. My mom used to say that salt air could cure just about anything, and sometimes I think she’s right. If I have allergies when I go to the beach, those allergies get cleared up with salt air.
A few years ago, I was in San Diego, and I noticed very close to the shore a pack of dolphins swimming in the ocean. I sat there looking mesmerized. The best part about it was that it was probably the most up close and personal experience with dolphins I could get without actually paying to see them in an exhibit. But something was calming about it because while those dolphins swam together, this family of dolphins swam in perfect harmony.
One of my favorite experiences was when I was a child, and I used to fish with my grandfather. I adored that man. I knew he loved me, and fishing was the one thing we could do together. We didn’t feel I need to talk. We just cast our rods and fish in the ocean. We were so excited when we’d catch anything. I’d give almost anything to have those days back. But I carry those memories in my heart and the lessons he taught me. And one of the most valuable lessons he taught me was to keep going when life gets hard.
Summer is a time where not only is it hot outside, but people’s tempers get short. The heat can make people irrational frustrated, tired, and angry. But it can also bring about compassion and empathy. I’ve watched as more groups are coming to the aid of those who are homeless. Can you imagine what it’s like to stand on a street corner in the hottest part of the day? Some of those men and women are not homeless. They make more money standing on a street corner than they do getting a job. But make no mistake, that is a challenging way to make a living. The homeless men and women struggle in heat like this with very little water or resources to get them through the day. It can be challenging to ascertain which of those groups are genuinely in need. Sometimes you have to go with your gut. Not everyone who was out on the street corner is not legit. But many people truly appreciate the kindness and compassion extended to them in extreme weather conditions.
So, why am I bringing up people and places that you might experience during the summer? It’s simple. The summer brings adventures, opportunities, and excursions that we don’t usually get in the winter months. Along with those adventures are the harsh realities that exist. It’s called extreme heat. As a kid, I loved curling up in the backseat of a car and sleeping. I didn’t realize how dangerous that act was. Today, there is an onset of kids that have perished because of staying in hot cars. The summer heat is rough on everyone. Seniors and those with health problems are more susceptible to the summer heat.
Here are a few ways to enjoy the summer and keep from getting too hot.
- Hydrate. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you’re not thirsty. This item is crucial. Hydrating is one of the best lines of defense to keep from getting too hot.
- Dress. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. When I was a freshman in college, all I wore was black. It was one of the things that drew heat quickly, but I didn’t care. I thought it was cool. As I’ve aged, I’ve remembered that I’m no longer 21 and foolish. Clothes need to allow some breathing room because your body will let you know it appreciates all the breathing room it can get in extreme heat.
- Rest. Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours when it’s cooler. Have fun in the sun but if you aren’t conditioned to long periods outdoors, either work your way up to it or limit your time.
- Slather. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a loose-fitting hat. Protection for your skin, eyes, and head is a smart idea. The more you protect yourself, the fewer chances you have of getting burned.
- Eat light. Summer is a great time to try new foods. It’s also a fantastic time to work those foods off. When you eat light, you have more energy. Eating heavy will make you more tired.
- Friendship. The best part of summer is getting time in with your friends. They provide incredible memories that last a lifetime.
- Get wet. Water slides, beaches, pools, and garden hoses are just a few things that make getting wet fun.
No matter what you do this summer, I hope you have a safe, fun, exhilarating experience. Cherish the time with those you love and make memories that you treasure. Have a great day, everyone.