Upon entering Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, drivers eager to get to the ocean, get to their condos or hotels, and get out of their hot cars encounter this sign: “You’re at the Beach. Relax and Slow Down.”
It’s a small sign, sky blue with dolphins or clouds or something peaceful painted on it — not a screaming billboard. A quiet sign, with a quiet message.
I love that sign.
I love vacationing in Rehoboth.
I love relaxing and slowing down, and I have noticed that we don’t really need to reserve that behavior for the beach.
We could, if we choose to, create our own signs:
You’re alive. Relax and slow down.
You’re racing through life, and missing many of the good parts: Relax and slow down.
Your kids and parents need your attention: Relax and slow down.
Your body needs your attention: Relax and slow down.
It’s fun; try it: Relax and slow down.
Mariah Burton Nelson
American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation