It’s January, it’s cold, and it’s not really the time of year that we typically hang out at the beach. But, since we live by the beach now and have had some extraordinarily warm days, we’ve been going to the beach a lot….
It’s truly beautiful during the winter, and there is something immediately calming about seeing the water. Maybe it’s the rocking waves or the clear blue of the water or the vastness of it all? I don’t know exactly, but it gives a sense of peace to us and the kids (peaceful kids is a truly wonderful thing). The kids can run free, and they’re free to explore everything, short of falling in the water which they are DYING to do. And living in Hampton Roads, we see water EVERYWHERE. From bays to oceans to small inlets on the side of the road, it’s hard to ignore the water when you live here.
So it seems that there is something to living by the water that equates to happiness, and the research bears it out. It’s actually good for your mental health, research says. Natural Prozac? Umm yes. Emory grew up in Wilmington, NC, so he gets it. But, I grew up in Raleigh, a land locked city…I mean, we have lakes, but it’s not quite the same.
I bring all of this up because in a few short months Emory will be getting out of the Navy, and he will begin his job search. We’ll have to decide where we REALLY want to live. I love living by the water, but I love Raleigh as well. So we’ll be grappling with whether he should he only look for jobs in cities that are by the water? D.C.? Norfolk? Charleston? Savannah? Just to name a few. Or, should we resolve to visit the water often if we live in a landlocked city like Raleigh?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about living by the water. Do you really think people that live by the water are happier? If so, is that incremental boost in happiness enough to determine where you live?
*I also want to say a special thank you to my very talented friend Candice for taking these photos. (Her son is with my kids in the opening picture.) Check out her instagram @sealestialsurfer