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Relax and slow down

By Billie Criswell | Aug 14, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur

On the way into Rehoboth Beach there's a sign that reads: Relax and Slow Down, You’re at the Beach.  I’ve probably passed it a thousand times.  For some reason I really took note of it the other day.

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For a brief moment I stopped to consider what it’s like to be on vacation. You know, the feeling when you know you don’t have to worry about work, school, eating right or even money for a certain amount of time? I love that feeling.

It’s the feeling of relaxation and letting go of everything. It dawned on me that the feeling of letting go is what so many people experience when they come to the beach for vacation.

That's what that sign means. Life at the beach is supposed to be relaxing and a sort of year-round vacation. Many of us forget that part. It’s easy to forget that for so many people the beach represents a retreat and a respite from the everyday.

There is an Italian saying, “dolce far niente” that translates to “the sweetness of doing nothing.” In a world that is obsessed with going fast, it’s good to keep that in mind.

If you can slow down just long enough to take a deep breath while staring at the ocean, I'll bet that for a moment you might even be able to get that vacation feeling.

Beach Paper ColumnistBillie Criswell is a local writer specializing in lifestyle and public relations. Read her blog at or contact her at



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