The Ocean and Me

I love the ocean. I can’t explain the feeling precisely, only that I am drawn, and feel at peace, by the sea. My dream is to live within sight of the water, close enough to walk to the beach.

Yet I am not a sailor. I have no wish to be on the sea, only to be near it. The thought of a cruise frightens me. Perhaps it is that I understand the power the ocean wields. Never has there been a battle between human and the ocean that was won by a human. In it’s view, we are insignificant, meaningless. This may explain some of my awe.

Stormy seas are breathtaking; calm seas are the epitome of peacefulness.

When I stand by the ocean’s edge, I am calm. I feel soothed by it’s very presence. I do my best writing, my finest photographs; I draw, I meditate, by the sea.

One could say the ocean is my muse, but that trivializes its importance, I believe. Rather, it feeds my soul, nourishes my very existence. I know others feel this way in the mountains, or the desert, or rowing down a river. Mark Twain claimed the Mississippi as his companion; I claim the ocean as my friend.

My goal in life is to feel that peacefulness all the time. It is likely that the only way of achieving this is to live at the beach, waking each morning to the sound of waves, smelling the salt air, and walking in the sand. For now, I will have to take it in pieces, a day here and there, an hour at a time.

But someday….. Someday.


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13 Responses to “The Ocean and Me”

  1. Wanda Rizzuto Says:

    Hi! When did you get here?

  2. nanis Says:

    Sometime in October, but I have not been very active yet. Too many blogs, sites, etc., to keep up with.

  3. TheOtherIvy Says:

    Beautiful. I know that feeling, how the sound of the surf quiets my mind so I am less conscious of myself but more fully present in the moment.

  4. TheOtherIvy Says:

    I’ve never seen comments shuffle like that. Weird.
    Good to see you here!

  5. Shawn W Says:

    Hi! I’m so glad you’re here!

    I lived on the ocean for a couple of years and loved it. Maybe someday…

  6. nanis Says:

    That is weird. My comment that is first in this line should be after Wanda’s question….

  7. Corina Says:

    I love the ocean, too. I don’t swim so like you, I want to be near the ocean but not on it or in it!

  8. Suzy Says:

    The comments here are as confusing as trying to find my way around. Nice to see you, though! I can’t believe I found you!

    I know how you feel about the ocean. Right here by Lake Erie, you get a piece of that feeling. It’s vast enough that you can’t see other shores. We don’t get the amazing wave action or the smell of salt, but it still energizes me. I can see it from my house and walk to it in seconds, yet I rarely go in it. I get what I need just being here.

  9. tigereye Says:

    I’m sorry it took so long to find you here, but when I did, this was a beautiful piece to start with. 🙂

  10. Clare Stella Says:

    You have expressed yourself beautifully in this piece. Your love for the ocean is palpable. I believe for myself that I am most who I was meant to be when I am actually in the water at the ocean. I think I must have been a mermaid or a fish in another life. Thanks for sharing your views so poignantly.

  11. Karen Kolbinsky Says:

    Hi Nancy,

    I’m so impressed…….I never knew you had these hidden talents. I so enjoyed your writing. It really took me away- very creative and uplifting. I think the article regarding abuse should be published!!

    I hope you received this.


  12. Karen Kolbinsky Says:

    OH! Happy St. Patty’s Day………….!

  13. nanis Says:

    Thanks, Karen!

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