What is so appealing about broken shards of glass? I have no idea unless they are weathered and worn and wash up on a beach. Then they become treasures on a shore that beckon to me, “Pick me up, pick me up.”
I don’t really understand why beach or sea glass is so interesting to me, but when I find it, I get so excited. Beach glass, as defined by Wikipedia, is glass from broken bottles, broken tableware, or even shipwrecks, which are rolled and tumbled in the ocean for years until all of their edges are rounded off, and the slickness of the glass has been worn to a frosted appearance.
I have been on many vacations where I have found myself hunched over the sand looking for beach glass (usually with a cocktail in one hand). And yes, I have put beach glass in my drink on several occasions! I end up bringing my treasures home and putting them in a large decorative urn. The urn that I have holds sea glass from all over the world. When I look at it, I remember the excitement of the hunt.
I know many people collect things on their travels including art, matches, snowglobes, postcards, figurines and much more. People collect items for different reasons such as investments, preserving the past or simply, like me, for the quest. Be aware that there is a fine line between collecting and hoarding so it’s important to collect something you have the space for. The beauty of collecting sea glass is that you only find a few pieces at a time so your collection grows slowly.
Apparently, collecting things is not what most adults do. Statistics show 70% of children have some type of collection but only 23% of those in their 20’s. By the age of 60, only 13-15% of the population is estimated to have a collection. (Psychology Today)
Collections of any kind are fun to have and enjoy. If you don’t have one, let your inner child out and start collecting something that brings joy to your life.