Do you ever get caught up in day to day? Just one day turns into the next, into the next, and months go by. The hours seem to go so quickly and we just don't stop to pay attention to where we are. Not a minute to realize what we have right now.
My stop and realize moment was earlier today. It was about 4pm and I was debating on taking the kids to the beach or to just stay home and wait for the rest of the weekend to flow on by. I posted on Facebook to go or not and so many commented on how lucky we are to have that option, or always to the beach was the best answer. And you know what, they are right.
So many save up for years to vacation here for a week and we get to live here. I will admit we live in a not so good part of town but we can literally say "lets go to the beach," and in under 5 minutes we are in the car and at the beach. Less than 5 minutes the shades of blue we have grown so accustomed to are something not everyone has the option to do.
There is always something new to discover at the beach, whether its a buried shell in the sand or a sand dollar just offshore. Maybe its a crab that runs across the kids toes or a seahorse floating by as they are exploring the oceans. There really is a whole world to explore at the beach and it is ever changing. And I know my kids take all this sand and salty air for granted as well. Trying to teach them lessons in life include things like this, things I often forget myself.
We always talk about what it would be like to live in the mountains somewhere, maybe in the Carolinas and I am sure if we moved to the mountains I would have the same love of the view and the air up there. But I am a Florida girl and even when we are in the Disney area for the day I feel landlocked. I look for the waters to know what direction I am going in. We go to the beach when we are looking for something to do. We go to the beach when we want to collect shells. We go to spend a few minutes or a few hours because it as relaxing as it is adventurous.
Do you often take where you live for granted?