During the summer of 2005 my family and I took a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This was the very first trip I had ever taken outside of my home state of Ohio. I was overwhelmed and mesmerized to see the ocean for the first time in my life.
I never could have imagined the power of the waves as they crashed onto the shore. The smell of the salt water was overpowering and refreshing. To this day, I am still in awe of the vastness and the beauty of the ocean.
I fell in love immediately, and could not get enough of the sight, the feel, and the sound of the ocean. I spent my days jumping and diving into the waves as they loomed over me. As I stood in the water and felt the crashing waves knock me down, I could only laugh and joyfully allow the waves overtake me.
In the evening, my family and I walked along the beach, and inscribed our names in the wet sand. At night I slept on the hotel balcony so I could be close to the thunderous ocean waves. The atmopshere of the beach was so relaxing.
I was amazed to find so many others enjoying the ocean as much as myself. People were smiling, laughing, and trying to ‘catch a wave’ like me. I felt so at ease and free that I was able to effortlessly carry on conversations with perfect strangers.
It was a wonderful feeling to be yourself, and to meet people from different backgrounds and places while enjoying the ocean waves. As I look back on my experience, I realize how much people have in common and how interesting and fascinating people are. This trip not only exposed me to the beauty and the wonderment of the ocean but also to the goodness and the friendliness of people.