As many of you know, I grew up in Zimbabwe which is a beautiful country in the south of Africa. Zimbabwe is landlocked, as a result, beach holidays were something that I read from books and saw in movies. My first swim in the ocean was at 27. That is ok, we did other cooler stuff in Zimbabwe that I will tell you about another time. Here are five things I did not know about swimming in the ocean and hanging at the beach.
- Sand in your hair and hoohaa
Now when I do something I like to go all out, so I jump into waves even if they are so big that I fear for my life haha. I swim relatively close to the shore cause you know, sharks and all. Swimming close to the shoreline means you are right there when the waves break and that comes with sand, lots and lots of sand. My hair is not straight so has no ability to release sand immediately. This means lots of sand just lands in my hair and is trapped there forever. Ok not forever but it takes a while to wash it out. Also, when a wave hits nice and strong, it will leave sand in your hoohaa. Yes, you read right, the sand goes everywhere!
Rookie tip: Be sure to shake off and drop off as much sand as you can at the beach before heading indoors. I learnt the hard way!
- Salt on your skin
Sea-water is salty, I know you know but I didn’t believe it until I actually tasted it. Yeah, I am the kind of person that tastes sea water just to make sure people have not been lying and exaggerating. Another thing I did not know, when salt-water dries it becomes white. On my husband it looks fine, but on me? Ashy as it gets. It also itches sometimes! The picture below does not do justice.
Rookie tip: Take a very good moisturizer with you for applying in the evenings after a full day of beach bumming
This is one thing that I cannot get used to, lots of women swim topless. All I hear at the back of my mind is the voice of my late aunt screaming at everyone to cover themselves up. I avoid eye contact, I pretend like it doesn’t me. You have to understand though, past a certain age say 12, in my family we stopped being allowed to swim in bikinis without t-shirts and shorts covering us up so you know, swimming topless is going far for me.
Rookie tip: Dont take selfies unless you are absolutely sure that people behind you are dressed. It can get awkward very quickly.
- Sun bathing
I love the sun, but well as you may know, I have no deep desire to get brown or gain any more color than I already have 🙂 I quickly learnt to count my blessings when I saw that people will lay in the bare, blazing sun, hours on end just to get some color.
Rookie tip: Wear sunscreen, UV rays are real. That golden skin is more resilient but not UV proof.
- The ocean heals
Now this one I did not see coming, I knew being at the beach was relaxing but what I did not know was just how refreshed I would feel afterwards. Holidays have that effect in general but being at the sea/ocean goes beyond that. I love the salty taste, I love how normal by injured knee feels when I am by the sea. I love the waves, they tell a story. I feel inspired at the ocean and I write better when I am there.
Well, the next time you are at the beach and enjoying yourself with sand in your hoohaa and salt on your skin, then I hope you dance.