Nothing like waiting until the last moment to try and reach my summer goal (Read my 2017 Resolution to see goal). Monday was the unofficial last day of summer, since my wife started back to work Tuesday. Sure there is still weekends, but things are less busy during the week normally. So we threw options out on the table of what to do on her last day before back to work. In the end we decided to venture to the beach with baby and toddler in tow.
Now the pressure was on me. What was I going to do? Was I going to have the guts to try and meet my goal this summer? I’ve thought about how to do it a lot and either at the end of last summer or the summer before I wrote how I should of handled my previous attempt. So I decided it was now or never and got my mind set on the goal. Once I helped get the kids ready and sun-screened up it was time for me to get myself ready. Now the decision was which swimsuit to go for. I knew with it being the local beach that conservative would be easiest and less shocking to others. I gave a few a try and decided on the one I wanted to try and brave at the beach. I was going to go with my so called skimpy conservative, the Speedo Solar swim brief, but I decided to go with wider sides. I went more conservative with an aussieBum swim brief with about three inch sides.
Unlike the last time, I didn’t wear swim trunks over my swim brief. I just wore a pair of regular shorts. Now ready for the beach, we loaded up the car with kiddos and all the stuff needed and headed on our way. I was very anxious on the drive there, but I kept working on the mind set I needed to pull things off. Nice thing is there are several beach areas and I knew some are more populated than others. So I picked one I was pretty sure would be less populated.
When we arrived at the parking area it was a little more fuller than expected, but still was parking. I was still anxious but ready for the mission. We got our stuff and headed down the path to the beach. When the beach was in view it was about the crowdedness I figured it might be. There still was a lot more people than the places I have braved the swim brief in the past. I scoped out the beach and people were spread out along the shoreline. We didn’t go way out of the way, but headed to where the last person was at the one side fairly close to the water. Then we gave maybe 15 to 20 yards of space from them for our spot (seemed to be how others were set up from each other). We first laid out our beach blanket and weighted it down and got the rest of our spot set up. All through this I still had confidence going, since it hadn’t been time for the big reveal. But once the spot was set up it was do or die time.
Without hesitation I took off my sandals, then my shirt, and finally just removed my shorts just like I imagined it. I’m pretty sure my action appeared like I’ve done it before for the most part. I did however sit down on the blanket fairly quickly. I was however relieved I just went for it. It did take me a bit to warm up to allowing people to see a more extended view of me in my swim brief. First was a short trip to the water’s edge to fill a bucket with water for my son. Did that a few times, along with some pictures of the kids playing. By that time, I would think most people there knew I was sporting a swim brief. Those situation allowed me to slowly boost my confidence with little moments of allowing people to see I was sporting a swim brief.
Probably an hour or so after our arrival, I took my daughter down to the water to allow her to watch the waves. My sort of mistake was me putting her feet in the water. She wanted me to keep doing that. So I spent most of the rest of our time at the beach down at the water putting her feet in and out of the water. She thought that was the greatest thing and that made me be visible for a long extended period of time. So I was able to put my shyness aside and allowed me to just enjoy myself how it should be.
I got to sport my swim brief from after setting up to after cleaning up of our area, which was probably about 3 hours. Pretty good amount of time for my first local public beach swim brief appearance. I didn’t have any issues or notice any obvious stares. Hopefully there was some admiration that I was brave enough to wear one. So overall it was a successful beach visit. It was a great way to finish the last unofficial day of summer in a swim brief with the family.