The other day, I went to the beach for an hour. It was nice because for the past few weeks I have been working Monday through Sunday and won’t be seeing a day off for the next couple of weeks. So, lately, I’ve learned to cherish the little time I have.
At the beach, there were surfers out in the water, and I couldn’t help but watch them in awe of their, what, we, millennials would call, “chill” nature. As ironic as this sounds, I work ridiculously hard to just “chill”. It takes effort because for the majority of my life, I’ve always been an overthinker. So, learning how to chill means unlearning a conditioned habit.
The surfers would anticipate the waves and when the waves would come, they’d excitedly jump on their boards and ride the waves as best they could. Some were successful and some were not. However, they were all having fun.
They were all present.
They didn’t care about falling off their boards because they would eagerly get back on to wait for the next one.
I realized that this is so much like life; except, we don’t have the tendency to enjoy riding our metaphoric waves like these surfers do.
But what if we adapted the concept of riding the waves of life much like surfers ride actual, physical, waves?
What if we anticipated the good and the bad, and faced life with the boldness and excitement it has to offer us?
How much more present would we be?
How much more honest would we be- with ourselves and others?
How much happier would we be?
Even if we go through bad times; if we just anticipated falling; and even gave ourselves the permission to fall; so, that we may rise again, would we find more meaning in these moments of our lives? Or would we aimlessly miss the meaning and get stuck in the wave to drown?
The clear answer to this is, “No.”
I genuinely believe the human spirit has a fighting nature but with a lack of awareness, we tend to forget this and drown in the miseries of life.
However, we cannot and must not drown in the wave!
Being human, we will always have conflict, we will always have setbacks and we will always have circumstantial misfortunes; but, we must choose to always get back on our boards and ride the wave.
When we fall and get salt water in our eyes and in our mouths, and all the noise you hear is the noise of the roaring water, this is the time to hop back on and say, “When’s the next wave coming? Good or bad, I’m here for it!”