Today I went to the beach FOR THE FIRST TIME this summer.
I know, I am a disgrace to California.
Not to mention I live literally 10 minutes walking distance from the beach.
Don't get me wrong, I love going to the beach, I think I just take it for granite*.
(*Movie quote! You know, like it's set in stone!)
My motivation for going to the beach was to accomplish goal
#013: Swim in the ocean.
While I think the ocean happens to be one of the most gorgeous things on this earth,
I am realistic enough to acknowledge that it is also a disgusting cesspool.
Come on. There are animals in it. Animal byproducts. Human waste. Toxic waste.
Everybody pees in it! Don't lie to me -- I know you pee in it!
Just thinking about what I would be swimming in (and inevitably ingesting)
makes me want to throw up everything I have eaten in the past six months.
Some people go to the beach to enjoy the waves,
while others (like me) would rather:
- read a book
- soak up some rays
- listen to an iPod
- build sandcastles
- play volleyball/frisbee/football
- stroll/skate/tandem-bike-ride along the sidewalk
- poke my toes in the water, giggle, and then run away.
I made it one of my goals to swim in the ocean because I think there comes a time
when we have to set our germaphobic tendencies aside and really enjoy the natural
beauty that life has to offer. As we learned from the incredibly charming
Jake Gyllenhaal, life in a plastic bubble is not really a life at all.
My roomie Emily is a total beach bum so she leaped at the chance to go with me.
The two of us took a short walk to Ellwood beach (very secluded. We are pretty romantic)
and frolicked in the water a bit before actually swimming. It was sooo cold and I could feel
all of the slimy seaweed sliding all over my legs! The water wasn't very clear
so I was using a lot of mind power not to imagine the creatures/diseases that could be
floating around me. However, after a bit of hysterical screaming, I finally swam :)
Conclusion: ocean swimming is pretty legit. Pool swimming is for pansies.
(I bet Bear Grylls swims in the ocean)
Annddd I definitely need to do this more often!