As some of you may or may not know, I was born in Milan. Most of my life I lived in big cities, but for the past 6 years I've been based in England, with the sea visible right outside my window. As I recently finished university, I realised that in order to do what I like I'm going to have to move to London, which is partly exciting but also heartbreaking. Some people totally get it, but others recently asked me "why? why is it a big deal? why do you like living by the sea so much?". The list could be infinite but here's my top five reasons:
- It saved me from my asthma.
I've had asthma since I was a little kid and for years my doctors said that living in a big polluted city was never going to help me heal. Apparently the tissue of my lungs was grey (bit gross), and not red as Milan's air was so bad. My family has always been very careful and every Christmas, Easter and summer break I would go on holiday somewhere near the sea to 'recover', and only now as an adult I realised how blessed and lucky I was to be able to go on such long breaks from the city. Ever since I moved here, my lungs have completely healed. Last year I went to get them checked by my old doctor and she said they sounded great and there was no 'squeaks' or weird noises to signal struggle in my breathing as I once had.
- It helps me with my anxiety.
I'm not quite sure what it is about it but if I feel stressed, overwhelmed, sad or anything negative in general, a walk by the sea really clears my mind and my spirit. There's no cars, not that many people if you choose the right time, and you're just there on your own recharging and having time to think. It's very liberating and relaxing so by the time you go back home, your mind is clear.
- It keeps me fit.
I've been a little lazy this past month but usually I walk by the beach almost daily for an hour or two and I manage to keep myself relatively fit. Wether is walking, power walking or jogging, I love it. There's other people doing the same and you're just in the zone. Even if you forget your headphones it's okay because the sound of the waves makes you chill.
- It's the best place for socialising.
BBQs, drinks, dog walks, you name it and you can do it. There's even different little festivals going on through summer and you can enjoy watching acrobats or fire eaters practicing their thing. I find the beach to be a great location for socialising with pals and catching a light tan. My boyfriend and I love going even for a little fire in the evening. It's affordable and always fun.
- It inspires me.
Now, this might sound a little weird but I genuinely feel like the sea gives me a little boost of energy and inspiration to succeed. I look at the sea and I feel like Jack Sparrow, no limits, no grounds, it's just you and whatever you can do to live the dream. Whilst being calming it can also turn on a little switch inside that occasionally gets turned off, and I definitely feel like going back home and getting sh*t done. I also always imagine to just get on a ship one day and sail away somewhere to explore the world.
Bag - Pia Rossini (My go-to bag for the beach)
Shirt Dress - ASOS