Life’s a beach!

Anyone who knows me, knows I have four main fears. Three of them are very common and quite logical;

Arachnophobia (a fear of spiders) Acrophobia (a fear of heights) and Ophidiophobia ( a fear of snakes)

The last one is not logical at all. Eremikophobia. This is the fear of Sand. Yes, that yellow stuff on the beach. The substance that you make castles out of.

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Freak Out Time

Yeah, not in this lifetime!!

I don’t remember ever having a negative experience with Sand. I was an only child so was never buried up to my neck and left in it. I didn’t see something bad happening on sand that made me panic about it. I just don’t know why It affects me so.

One year, my Mother-in-law and I went to the seaside for the day with the children. We were walking along the promenade whilst the children walked on the sand. Mum took my arm  and said something along the lines of “Oh let’s join the girls on the sand” and pulled me down onto it.

Let me get one thing straight. She didn’t do it with malice, or even good intentions. She didn’t realise the depth of my fear for sand.

Well the inevitable happened. My feet hit the sand and as they did, I burst into tears on the spot. I was a grown woman in my late 30′ s and I was bawling like a baby on the sand.

We got straight off the beach, with Mum apologising profusely. She genuinely didn’t know how bad I was. I guess that was mainly to me not really talking about it, and also whenever we went to the beach, I  tended to wear a pair of those neoprene/rubber swim shoes that you can get.

As long as my bare feet are not touching the sand, I am as good as gold.

This was a bit of a challenge when I went to St Lucia two years ago. Of course the hotel we were staying at was beachfront. Pure white soft sand. Miles and miles of it.

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort

Unfortunately I was unable to get hold of any of the neoprene shoes.

I was then left with the challenge of either pulling up my big girl pants and walking on it, or missing out on a once in a lifetime experience.

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Marie Island

Well, that was just not going to happen. So I put on the best sandals I had and walked on the sand in those. I am not going to lie, I really didn’t like it, especially if any sand kicked up as I walked, but I did it. Without crying.

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Kayak Time

Would I rush to do it again? Hell no.

But it was a means to an end – I managed to get into the gorgeous blue sea, snorkel and kayak and paddle board. I saw coral and tropical fish including ones that looked like Dory and Nemo.

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Kayak Professional

And I would have missed out on all that if I had given in to my fears.

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Snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea

By the end of the holiday I was able to stand for a minute or two on the sand. I can’t say that I am now cured of my phobia, but I don’t fear it as much as I once did.

Maybe I need more foreign exotic holidays until I am totally cured!

Hawaii anyone??

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  • LaaLaa Monroe

    Good on you Tanya, facing our fears is hard and scary as you know. But it is all about little steps and confronting them from time to time. Me and spiders 🕷 ugh but I’ve somewhat got to the point where I can kill or walk past them LMAO x

  • Lauretta

    I’m glad you did it! I guess you just need to expose yourself to sand from time to time and you will eventually feel better.

  • Well done for facing your fears, I’m petrified of spiders and can only imagine that this would be like me holding one – which I don’t think I ever could! x

  • Samantha Bye

    Good for you for pushing yourself! It’s slow steps with phobias, but once you make the first move it gets easier as time goes on.

  • Donna

    How fascinating! I have never heard of this phobia before but well done you for showing it who’s boss!

  • Melanie

    Well done you!! Tbh I have Acrophobia, a fear of heights too 🙂 x

  • I’m not one for sand either, but never been a fan off it, but I think it stems from Mum’s dislike of it. However, I’m generally OK if I’ve got some kind of footwear on.

  • proud that you’ve faced your fear! its the first step in the right direction. i think everyone needs an exotic holiday 😀

  • Clarissa

    well done that beach looks lovely, so happy you was able to dive in and give it a try.. something I’d like to try for the experience !

  • I definitely think you need a few more holidays to get over your phobia! Try Brazil after Hawaii 🙂

  • I’m glad overcame your fear and got to do so much in the sea! And thanks for teaching me a new word (eremikophobia) 🙂

  • Francesca Nelson

    Well done for being able to kick yourself into going for it even though its a massive fear!!!

  • Sarah Ann

    Well done for taking on one of your fears, it’s not an easy thing to do. I have a fear of snakes too and sorry, I’m facing that fear for no man!!

  • Yes, let’s go to Hawaii! I’ll even get you some of those water shoes. 🙂 I am proud of you for being able to accept that you would miss out on a once in a lifetime even had you not taken the plunge and given into your fears. Glad you enjoyed yourself!! x

  • Amanda-Jaied Wathern

    Well done you! Sometimes facing up to our fears can be the scariest part, you did great. Try the Dominican next 😉 x

  • Baby Isabella

    Well done! That’s great that you faced your fears and did it! Sounds like a great holiday too! We’re not the biggest fans of sand as it gets everywhere! Sandy sandwiches are our pet hate!

  • Looks like you had a lot of fun! And its awesome the you overcame your fear! I try to do things even if I am afraid of them. Awesome post 🙂

  • Bex Smith

    I’m so glad you didn’t give into your fears and you managed to have a great holiday – sounds like the holiday of a lifetime

  • Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours

    Well done! I haven’t heard of the fear of sand but glad you managed to overcome it so you could do the thing you wanted to do x

  • Deborah Nicholas

    oh wow well done you, its such a great feeling when you overcome a fear isnt it!