I am Grateful for the Ocean

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I grew up in Oklahoma City and it is still my primary home and my place of business. If you know Oklahoma City which I assume most don't, then you know that we are pretty much as flat as a pancake. It is really not a city of natural beauty, far from it. It is an easy city to live in with great road systems that facilitate travel and our standard joke is you can get anywhere in 20 minutes and this is a city that is 650 square miles. It is also a very clean city as well as being 8% below the national cost of living. You can gas up today for $2.09 a gallon.

However, there is a major flaw in our area, no oceans. It was at 17 that i first saw the ocean which was the Pacific and to say I was awestruck was an understatement. It was turquoise and blue and it was vast and endless to the eye. It struck my teenage imagination like nothing else, except for girls of course. I vowed that one day I would live by the ocean and thanks to my wife who is not from Oklahoma we realized that dream in Jupiter Florida. We now spend half the year there and walking in the sand is a morning ritual I never miss unless it is a downpour. 

The picture above is a morning at Jupiter Beach where we do a 4 mile walk and it is a dog friendly beach. There is so much I love about it and I cannot understand people walking with headphones on or endlessly talking on a phone. I am mesmerized by the color of the ocean and the look of the skies, and the sound of the waves are music to me. It is like meditation where you are alone with your thoughts except when Charlene and I have something important to talk about but other than that it is pure pleasure and contentment. As someone in my 70s doing something as simple as walking by the ocean makes me feel  timeless and as a senior it doesn't get any better than that.


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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I feel you Joe! I live about 200 yards from the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. I’m only about 3/4 of a mile from the Atlantic Ocean! Great Place to Live

Nov 11, 2018 08:46 PM #14
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Joe.

We have a noise maker we turn on at night so we can sleep.  One of the sounds is the ocean waves hitting the shore.  It brings me back to those times when we were walking along the beach.  I want to go back

Nov 12, 2018 02:29 AM #15
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good  morning Joe Pryor,

I'm so glad Patricia Kennedy included your post in her series as I missed this post. I love the ocean too and our Pandora music that plays through out our home often plays these sounds!

Nov 12, 2018 04:51 AM #16
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I enjoy visiting the ocean, but I don't think I have a need to live near the ocean.  I feel that where I live is perfect because I am only a short drive to visit the ocean, which is usually good enough for me!

Nov 12, 2018 05:33 AM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We are about two hours from the ocean and I have always made the trip when in need of grounding or answers. There is something very amazing about it - the smell of the air, the sound. You remind me, it's time for Bernie and I to take Mac to the beach for a mini vacation. D 

Nov 12, 2018 08:14 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joe- With the exception of a few years, I have always lived near the ocean of gulf so I do get your attraction to it. It is so healing and it allows you to really breathe.

Nov 12, 2018 08:41 AM #19
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Joe.  I'd be more grateful if we could keep the ocean from rising any further.

Nov 12, 2018 11:52 AM #20
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

You know that I like your style Joe Pryor and I agree, walking the beach is so relaxing - the ocean is never ending tranquility.  

Nov 12, 2018 07:00 PM #21
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I totally agree about the effect of the ocean on us. It's such a wonderful calming influence that can remind us how small we are. :-)

Nov 13, 2018 04:17 AM #22
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joe I have a love affair with the Ocean too and my favorite is the Pacific and the others follow after it, Endre

Nov 13, 2018 07:32 PM #23
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I'm so happy for you and your wife, Joe, that you were able to realize your dream to be near the ocean. You may know that I once lived in a beach town, and I miss it terribly. My life changed after Hurricane Katrina, I went through a terrible depression and moved away from the beach.  I believe you have the best of both worlds with two homes, your primary work home in Oklahoma City, and your beloved beach town.

Nov 14, 2018 07:57 AM #24
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Joe - Isn't it great that we both have the same thing to be thankful for.  I have always lived near an ocean but this time of year Jupiter and Southern Florida is the place to be.  We just had a snow in NY and I am not sorry that I missed it.

Nov 16, 2018 05:18 AM #25
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Congratulations on realizing your dream of living near the water for half your year.  I'd love to do that as well.  In fact I'm planning another vacation next summer to Gulf Shores, Alabama with my entire family (17 of us) in one house fo ra week.  Not nearly as peaceful as your 6 months.  I love your idea of leaving your phone and most conversation at home.  I remember the first time I actaully sat on a beach in November, 1991 in Destin, Florida.  I sat on the balcony after the kiddos were in bed, just listening - what music!  Enjoy!

Nov 16, 2018 01:47 PM #26
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Joe, Your post is so special reading from a different perspective what we take for granted every day.  I grew up in New York, which was also driving distance from the ocean, so to me it's always been there.   It is very peaceful, relaxing and rejuvenating to sit or walk by the ocean.

Nov 17, 2018 07:02 PM #27
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

You're so right - there is something very special about the ocean.  It's more that just the sight and sound and smell.  It's primal.

Nov 20, 2018 06:30 PM #28
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, timeless indeed, Joe! I also have never understood why people aren't awe-struck by all that surrounds them when by the sea - it's mezmerizing...the water, the colors, the sky, the sounds...It just seems to envelop you and takes away any sadness or stress that you may have. 

We share that passion, for sure! I hope to one day have a place by the ocean also.

Happy Thanksgiving, Joe!

Nov 21, 2018 07:27 AM #29
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I love the ocean too and haven't been to one in several months. There is nothing like it.

Nov 24, 2018 06:09 PM #30
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I appreciate the ocean as well Joe Pryor and of course North Dakota is as far as you can be from an ocean and live in the USA. However having been born and raised in Minnesota I love lake shore even more than the ocean. My mom was from Atlantic City and my dad worked for several West coast companies so I have seen both the Atlantic and Pacific many times.

Nov 25, 2018 05:59 PM #31
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

In my young years, I visited the Black Sea on vacations and I was deeply in love with it. But thought that I wouldn't be able to ever live by the water. Yet, it happened in the US.

Walking on the beach like you is what we love. Walking 4-6 miles and I am never tired of the view and sounds. And like you, I do not understand people with headphones on the ocean.

Nov 28, 2018 05:48 AM #32
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Joe,  I am late to this but I can understand your fascination with the ocean.  I am still mesmerized by it, and I was lucky to have grown up and always lived near an ocean.  There is something so serene about it.  Seeing it and knowing how big it really is, and its beauty.  I'm glad you get to enjoy the ocean now.

Dec 11, 2018 03:17 AM #33
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