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Just keep paddling

Updated: Jun 21, 2020

After some time in the water yesterday morning, I thought I’d share a few reflections on life using seven images that I had the opportunity to capture. A small white-tip gave me the idea. Many thanks to our marine friend. I didn’t number the photos, as I couldn’t decide which ones were more important to me. Let me know if you have a good ranking for yourself.

Sometimes, life can be a bit of a mess, but it passes. You can see a friend of mine in the very centre of the photo – the other side of any mess we get ourselves into.

Life is good. Don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise. Pursue your passions.

Share our spaces. We joined this small white-tip, who was prepared to share her space with us. A brief, welcoming swim-by, before we entered the water. A little more reflection on reasonable intentions may make this world a happier place. Hopefully, we can assume the best, but exercise caution. Stay on land if it’s a big tiger shark!

Have fun, never forget that. Make time for yourself, because you deserve it, we all do, despite what those around us may demand. Leave the guilt on shore.

In surfing, as in life, you do get a bit beat up along the way.  Just make sure, it’s worth it. If I had hung my board on the wall and stayed home, it would still be pristine – beautiful, but in a sad way. Each scar is a memory, the most precious of our possessions.

We all find ourselves in the whitewater at some time. The only way to avoid this is to keep your feet dry, but is this living? Welcome the tough times that come with your pursuits. Just keep paddling.

Enjoy moments. For all the waves that will never ever break again, just relax and revel in the passing experience. Trying to notice the moments is the difficult part, as our fast paced lives race by. It’s a thinking skill that we are not taught in schools.

(18 May, 2014)

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