I always thought that I would love to live on the ocean. Whenever I would visit my mother in St. Petersburg Beach (she lived across the street from the Gulf) - I would go for early morning walks on the beach, and thought that was the LIFE!
Fast forward 30 years -- now, all I can think of at the beach is Hurricanes, Rip Tides and Algae Bloom! I still feel fortunate that I was able to move to Florida - I live inland - and appreciate the great weather without all the icky stuff on the beach! Now, I only have to drive to stick my feet into the sand, and sadly, don't do it enough!