Baby blue has always been my favorite color. My bedroom in my childhood home is painted that color; my backpack, bed comforter, and even my phone are that shade of blue. For a long time, I never quite understood why I liked it so much. Was it calming or relaxing? Did it make me feel a certain way?

The sky on a beautiful sunny day, a mass of light blue littered with white puffy clouds and sunlight beaming down on your face, that's one of my favorite things. I feel happy, energetic, excited. I know that it is going to be a good day. So, every time I see the color blue, it reminds me of happiness and provides motivation for my day.

The color also reminds me of the ocean. The waves lapping over one another along the shoreline, a slight breeze and tinge of salt in the air, this was my happy place. Sand between my toes, slightly cold salt water splashing against my feet, I would live on the beach if I could. The way that the colors from the sky and the ocean almost blend together far in the distance is one of my favorite things.

And lastly, it reminds me of a swimming pool. Swimming has always been a huge part of my life, I have been on competitive swim teams as early as I was seven years old. I have been a lifeguard at my community pool for the past two years. I pretty much spent the majority of my days in the summer at swim practice, teaching swim lessons, or watching people from the lifeguard stand. And honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Baby blue stirs so many different emotions and memories in my brain. I feel happy, relaxed, calm, excited, motivated, and so much more. I think of all of the good times I have spent either on the beach or in the pool, swimming to destress or relax by the ocean. So when I am alone in my room, studying for an exam or just trying to understand what is going on in my life, I just look at something baby blue and I feel at peace.