Only The Ocean

The problem with being a photographer with only one working arm is this …

If, and when, I use my camera, I pay for it dearly with elevated pain levels for several days.  I didn't take many photos at The Grove, but apparently my bum arm disagrees and is sending me strong signals I overdid things.

My arm and my pain won't stop me from my photography – I've fought long and hard to be able to shoot photos even on an occasional basis.  It's a joy I'm not prepared to give up again.

On the other hand, when I'm lost in a pain funk it's hard to write anything you'd want to read.  (Although I do have a very funny OC story to tell you about – hopefully tomorrow!)

Instead today, why I wallow in breathtaking pain and the mental fog created by my pain meds, I thought I'd do something different.

I'm going to share something very near and dear to my heart.  It takes about three and a half minutes to watch and if you don't have time right now, I'll hope you'll bookmark this post and come back and watch it later.

I made this for me, but I want to share it with you.

I made it, because there are times when the pain I live with is overwhelming.

I made it, because there are days when I begin to have a Pity Party.  When I start thinking about the things I lost as a result of the car accident this reminds me of three things I love intensely … the beach, photography, and music.

Watching this reminds me how lucky I am.

Watching this reminds me how far I've come.

Watching this relaxes me and allows me to breathe through the pain.

Watching this takes me away from the tears to a much happier place.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

© Twenty Four At Heart

19 Responses to “Only The Ocean”

  1. Stephen

    Suzanne, they first time I heard Jack Johnson was on the end of the Ventura pier and I have always thought of the ocean whenever I hear his music. I’m glad this brings you a measure of solace. It did the same for me. Thank You.

  2. Joanne

    very nice. sorry you feel a bit low today, sending prayers your way

  3. M

    sounds like Jack Johnson–is it him? I had never heard this track before—I love him! What is your favorite song (by Johnson) ?
    I hope you feel much better very soon!
    Best wishes,

  4. Jan

    I enjoyed it a GREAT deal – you have such talent.
    Try and take it easy, my friend.

  5. WebSavvyMom

    –>Beautiful pictures!
    Thanks for sharing and I hope your arm doesn’t trouble you too much today.

  6. Sandi

    Hang in there mama. If you need to come over here, I would love to see you, but DON’t bring the camera… at least for a few days. I love the slide show. We live in PARADISE!

  7. Kelly

    That is beautiful. Absolutely, positively, beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  8. Pam

    Love your pictures, love the song! Great post!

  9. di

    Very nice, Suzanne.. BRAVO! I love Jack Johnson and long to see the ocean.

  10. Erica

    It’s magical. I can smell the beach. Thanks.

  11. Tami

    If everyone in the world began their morning watching and listening to that the world would be a much nicer place. You did an incredible job putting that together!

  12. Maura

    That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us. I’m glad you fight through the pain to keep taking photos, because you take fantastic ones. 🙂

  13. Shannon

    LOVED IT! Thank you for sharing it! I hope your day gets better!!!!

  14. Kari-Mel

    That was absolutely gorgeous and very soothing! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and that lovely song to go along with them!

  15. Kati

    You are a very talented photographer. Beautiful!

  16. Roxanne

    That was beautiful. Your photos are so gorgeous, and Jack of course is so awesome 🙂 I’d never heard that song before. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Alexis

    Hi Woman!! Thanks so much for sharing this. I lived in San Bernardino 1979 – 1981 and spent a whole lotta time playing in your area of the state so the pictures take me back and the music’s nice. Things will continue to get better, day by day!!


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