What is a Beach Bum?
What is a beach bum?
Is it type 1, someone who is really just homeless and living on the beach?
Is it type 2, someone who takes extended vacations on the beach?
Or is it type 3, someone who works and lives on the beach?
I like to think that being a beach bum is an intentional thing. You love the beach and the ocean so much that you just want to be there all the time. How to do that and still make a living is the hard part. Obviously, some careers are better than others for this. Being a teacher is fantastic for being a type 2 beach bum. All summer off to go to the beach. However, there isn’t always a lot of money in teaching to be able to stay that long. Professional surfers would be type 3 beach bums. What a life. I still need to learn to surf.
I think that eventually I will be a type 3. I work in a business where I can work from home, the office, the back porch, Jamaica, basically anywhere there’s wifi I can work. That’s great. I love it. I don’t think that you have to really live at the beach to be a beach bum (although it certainly helps). You can live the lifestyle anywhere, you just can’t be a professional. Anybody can be an amateur beach bum.
How to be a Beach Bum.
But what do you do if you can’t be type 2 or 3. You obviously don’t want to be type 1. I read an article one time that said when you take off of work (sickness, personal day, anything) ask about maybe getting remote access. Then work. Work from home that day. Show you can do it. Start doing it little by little. The more you can work from home, and the better job you do, the more your boss or bosses or management will let you work from home. From there, it’s just a step away from the beach.
Start listening to Jimmy Buffett. If you don’t like Jimmy, listen to Bob Marley. It doesn’t really matter who you listen to, but what you listen to. If you like it, and it reminds you of where you really want to be, listen to it. Maybe you want to be in Ireland, then listen to Irish music, or songs about Ireland. If you want to go to Italy, then do the same thing. Get into the whole idea and feel of where you want to be.
Cook that style of food. I love Jamaican Jerk. I want to be in Jamaica. So I make a lot of jerk chicken, jerk pork, just about anything I can jerk I will. I even put jerk seasoning in tuna. Taste and smell are the strongest senses tied to memory. It will take you there. Even if you’re not there physically, you’ll be enjoying the lifestyle.
Why be a Beach Bum?
Why not? Hear the waves rushing into shore. The smell the salt air. The seagulls overhead (watch out for the poo). The warmth of the sun and the sand. Oh man, why not be a beach bum.