I just cannot seem to get enough of these textures. For some, the beach is the most irritating place in the world. There is sand in literally every nook and cranny you can imagine. It's in your hair, in your eyes, your nose, in the Cheeze It's box you brought to the beach, and on the lip of your coke can but you never manage to discover it until you feel the grit on your teeth. Despite all of these annoyances, the beach will forever be a special place for me.
Growing up, the beach was always the destination for my family vacation. I remember spending hours upon hours in my goggles, searching for treasures in the sand. I think I have mentioned it before, but rocks and sea shells are my absolute jam. I think it is so cool to be able to hold thousands of years in your hand at once. I used to have this plastic, purple case that had a bunch of little compartments in it. I think you were originally supposed to use it to store beads, but I converted it into a shell and rock collection. Let me tell you, I was so proud of that collection. My purple box and my zipper bag full of my National Geographic Kids animal cards were my most prized possessions.
It's funny how things some things seem to stay the same, despite the world changing all around us. I found myself snorkeling in the ocean today, searching for sand dollars. When I learned I needed to stop taking myself so seriously, my world opened up immensely. I have never had more fun in my life. I am 22-years-old and I am proud to say that I had a red googles line across my face because I spent so many hours in the water looking for shells. You are never too old to have fun. Surround yourself with people who will join you instead of mocking you. Those people are the truest friends you will ever find.