You're at the Beach. Relax and Slow Down

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
MNelson@aahperd.org

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