By: Dana Zillgitt, Regular Contributor
I found my happy place the other day sitting in a neighborhood café, looking over the ocean with one of my favourite bands playing in the background, and I couldn’t help but be genuinely happy. It’s interesting, in rough times, they say the best cure is always salt water: sweat, tears, and ocean air. And it never occurred to me how true that statement was until I lived in a landlocked state that shalt not be named.
The ocean has always been a staple in my life. Being near a large body of water was constant, and I never felt alone when I was near an ocean. I may have felt small at times, but I never felt alone. Maybe that’s why I always loved the movies that had an ocean theme, whether it was The Little Mermaid or Lords of Dogtown. There is something so incredibly soothing about the ocean air and the beach scene; I feel an instant sense of calm whenever I stop by.
Living in the City of Angels, it’s easy to get caught up in the city life—surrounded by starlets, tabloids, and a whole bunch of evils nobody can describe. And what the ocean does, for me at least, is provide that escape, that sense of relief that money can never truly buy.When I drove up the coast one weekend, I was reminded of why I always knew I needed to be by the ocean. I was reminded that summer breeze and salt water make you youthful in spirit at least. It’s my escape, my secret little place to get away from the daily grind, and be reminded why it’s so good to be alive.
So, what am I trying to say? Every girl—every person, really--needs their escape. Whether it’s the mountains, a place of worship, the gym, or even your own backyard. Having that escape makes you young again, it keeps you vibrant. It keeps you on your toes. It’s a reminder that we’re lucky to be alive, to be surrounded by beautiful people, and that every day has the potential to be an incredibly beautiful day.
Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.
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