The Beach Is Overrated

Updated: Jul 14, 2019

Find your paradise. It might not be the same as everyone else’s. ⠀

In October I traveled to Bali, Indonesia for what was meant to be a trip of a lifetime. I envisioned pristine beaches, hidden waterfalls, refreshing coconuts, and most of all, a carefree me. While I had a lot of fun and loved every single person I met while there, at the end of the trip, I just wanted to go home.

My paradise isn’t Canggu, Bali. That’s okay. Spending a month there made me miss and appreciate what I do love: rural New England. ⠀

There’s a lot of pressure to strive for stereotypical paradise: lounging on the beach and going surfing every day. Many people spend their entire lives wishing for that lifestyle. But after this trip I started thinking, do I actually want that? Or do I want the happiness people feel from finding their paradise?⠀

To discover your own paradise, you must stop focusing on what everyone else is doing.

In order to figure out what you love, you need to explore. Take time to ask yourself what YOU want, who YOU want to be, and where YOU want to live. ⠀

So many people go around chasing other people’s dreams to fulfill their own life, but that just makes no sense. If the beach isn’t your paradise, then gtfo. Don’t hang around trying to fit into some lifestyle just because other people love it so much. ⠀

A quote from my favorite book, The Fountainhead, captures this concept beautifully:

“They have no concern for facts, ideas, work. They’re concerned only with people. They don’t ask: ‘Is this true?’ They ask: ‘Is this what others think is true?’ Not to judge, but to repeat. Not to do, but to give the impression of doing. Not creation, but show.” - Howard Roark
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