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What Makes a Beach Bum a Beach Bum?

What makes a beach bum, a beach bum?

Many people believe that talk about beach bums in a negative way. They emphasize the bum part of it. That is changing, as there are many people out there who are and want to be beach bums. But what makes them that way? Laziness? No discipline? Millions in the bank? Personally, I don’t think it’s any of those.

Being a beach bum is a state of mind. It does really help to have a beach to bum on, but many of us can’t do that year round. Probably one of the most well known beach bums is
Matthew McConaughey. I know, the girls love him. But even so, I do like the parts he plays, from the drugged up burn-out in “Dazed and Confused” to his more recent “Sahara” he plays the relaxed, easy going beach bum very well. OK, enough of Matthew McConaughey.

A State of Mind

It’s a state of mind that separates the wannabes from the true beach bums. A wannabe loves to be at the beach, and loves the whole lifestyle, for a little bit, or because it’s cool. After that, they can’t take it anymore. The true beach bum lives it all the time. I work full time. I’m also good at what I do. But I can still be a beach bum. You don’t have to live right at the beach in Florida, Jamaica, California or the Caribbean to be a beach bum.

I know, I’m sure there are those out there that will disagree with me, and you know what? Good. Disagree with me. I want to know if you think a beach bum is something different. This is just what I’ve found in my years of experience.

Jimmy Buffet is the King of Beach Bums

To prove my point, would anybody argue that Jimmy Buffett isn’t a beach bum? I didn’t think so. Jimmy Buffett is the king of beach bums. His music is the soundtrack to the beach. But yet, he works extremely hard. Writing music, writing books, touring, that’s not an easy, laid back life, yet he does it. It’s all in his state of mind.

How to be a Beach Bum

Of course nobody’s perfect, even at beach bummin, but we all try. How do you become a beach bum? Well, relax. When things get crazy, and you think you can’t handle it, relax. I myself have a hard time with this, but I’m getting better. You can’t change the situation, but you can change how you react to it. I know, That sounds so cheesy and cliche, but hey, it’s true.

Life isn’t easy, that’s why God made the beach. It’s His way of giving us an escape. Personally I think that the Caribbean (and Jamaica especially) is proof of that.

Live Your Life, and Enjoy It Too

So if you want to be a beach bum, just relax. Take it easy. You still need to work, but work at something you enjoy.

See you at the beach,

The Beach Bum

Posted on January 18, 2008 - Filed Under Beach Bums


10 Responses to “What Makes a Beach Bum a Beach Bum?”

  1. Joey on April 23rd, 2008 10:43 am

    thanx 4 the insight. i myself have always been considered by others to be lazy but find that i like to work hard at anything im interested in. I am very interested in the beach and all aspects of nature, therefore i have decided to relocate after 30+ years of crappy michigan weather to a more pleasant florida atmosphere. I was there recently and spent some time with real, honest to goodness beach bums and have decided to join their ranks…so maybe u’ll see me there!

  2. The Beach Bum on April 25th, 2008 7:01 am

    You probably will, but I’m hoping to end up a little more south than Florida.

    “Lazy is just discipline taking a coffee break.”

    Thanks for the comment.

  3. jim tucker on July 25th, 2010 4:32 pm

    i like what you have to say i to believe in the beachbum lifestyle. i would give anything though to actualy live on an island in the south pacific (cook islands). i’ve had alot of problems in my past and would love to clear my mind of all my problems. i know living on the beach would be fantastic but it’s not in my future. so i dream alot about it and look at magazines on the islands and beaches , it helps me get through my day. i love jimmy buffetts music but also tropic rock music they just seem to put your mind at ease. you seem like a very intelligent person and very laid back. i’m trying to work on getting back that way myself. maybe could talk sometime.

  4. Amy on August 30th, 2010 6:01 pm

    I totally agree, when im out of school, i will move and become a beach bum! You only live once, make the most of it!

  5. Marcus on June 6th, 2011 4:38 pm

    You explain it like i would.I live in Idaho at the moment but have lived on the beach for extended times and i long for it about everyday!I live by many awesome mountains now so i replace the feeling!I too work very hard and have been successful.I get called a hippie…but waaay far from that lifestyle.I just don’t get worked up by life.I live free and clear….wish i could find a girl with that mentality.Lol

  6. Brandon on March 5th, 2012 11:18 am

    I’m 26 living on Siesta beach in Sarasota, FL… I’d say you got it right. I work when I have to, but for the most part everything is right here with me… I’ve been here all my life, and if I were to give one piece of advice, it would be to just let go, enjoy life, and come to the beach. No worries, no problems… just easy living and beautiful weather.

  7. victoria on April 10th, 2013 3:41 pm

    I’m looking to start over somewhere where I’m happy and would like to bounce from beach to beach for a little but until I find what I want to do with my life. I have no idea how to start and was just looking for some advice on how you started out. I live in Oklahoma so it’s going to be a big move. Thanks!

  8. Chris on September 3rd, 2014 11:44 pm

    Can’t find work brew. If I could afford college, afford a place to stay, or find better work than 8 hours a day at mcdonalds then I wouldn’t have to live in a tent on a beach living ascetically. It’s not bad, but with money I’d at least have health care in case something happens and some extra stuff like a pair of headphones to listen to reggae all day.

  9. samantha on July 27th, 2015 1:48 pm

    hey my name is samantha im actually a believer of being a beach bum my parents hate it but i love the beach i just want to live on the beach in a lil shack or tent to start out as i do want a job and i would like to study animals marine bioligist or vet or buisness owner of a aquarium or sumthing to do with animals but i live in texas where the only beach close is galveston and yea not my vision but im wanting to go on a mission to follow my vision only i only have a part time job now and dont know where exactly im wanting to go does anybody have any ideas where i could just set up a tent at no cost and stay for the most part until i find a job and get into school.

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