Do you like putting on sunscreen every two minutes? Do you like getting stung by jellyfish? Do you like large men from Europe who wear very little clothing?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you…probably need to see a doctor. If you answered “no,” you’re in the right place and you probably just need one good reason to head to the beach this weekend (or summer). Good news! We have seven good reasons for you to head to the beach this weekend, or any weekend this summer!
1. Possible shark sighting!
When the movie “Jaws” was released in the summer of 1975, everyone had the same reaction: “Let’s go to the beach and swim in the ocean!” Why? Everyone loves sharks.
Go to the beach this weekend and, if you’re lucky, you and your family could see a shark. If you’re less lucky, you might see a stupid, uninteresting dolphin.
2. Get some vitamin D
According to Wikipedia, Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because your body synthesizes vitamin D when sun exposure is adequate. What is considered “adequate?” Only one way to find out: sunbathe on the beach for 10 hours. But, yes, apply some sunscreen when given the opportunity.
3. Add to shell collection
Picking through seashells that have washed up onto the shore is a wonderful family activity. Plus, seashells come in such wide varieties! Some are smooth. Some are sharp. Some are round. Some are irregular. For example, I once found a seashell that looked like Miley Cyrus.
I threw it back into the ocean.
True, it won’t be easy to relax while you’re shark watching, sunbathing and throwing deformed seashells into the ocean. But if you let yourself, the beach is a wonderful place to relax.
Sitting under an umbrella, closing your eyes and listening to the crashing waves might just be one of the most relaxing activities on the planet.
5. Laugh at people with metal detectors
While most people go to the beach to have fun, some people instead choose to walk around with metal detectors. You can easily spot these individuals because they are surrounded by people who are pointing and laughing at them. These laughing individuals are families who are bonding, and your family could be one of them.
Plus, if one of the metal detector people finds something valuable, you could take it from them. Strength in numbers!
6. Soda and chips taste better
I don’t know why this is the case, but somehow Coca-Cola and potato chips taste better when you are sitting on the beach. Maybe it’s because the saltiness of the chips goes so well with the ocean saltwater you inadvertently swallowed moments earlier?
It’s just a theory.
7. Because you’ve forgotten how much sand gets everywhere
Let’s be honest: If we all remembered how sand tends to get everywhere each time we go to the beach, very few of us would ever return to the beach.
Sand gets everywhere. Days, sometimes weeks later, I’m still getting sand out of my shoes.
If I sneeze without a tissue, I’ll create a sandstorm. And don’t even get me started on the time sand got in my eye, scratched my cornea, and I had to wear an eye patch for a full week.
Where was I going with this?
You should take your family to the beach this weekend.