There’s something about surfing that just keeps me coming back for more. Surfing is a little like gambling. You have a lot of misses, and a lot of waiting for that perfect ride, but eventually your win comes in. Somewhere in the waiting time there is space for a lot of thinking, a lot of doubting and a lot of impatience. Usually, right about the time that you are ready to give up and call it quits, the perfect wave comes to sweep you up. It’s just enough to make you want, no, need, more.
The other day I found myself in between sets of waves. I’m on family vacation in Carolina Beach, North Carolina and the waves are gorgeous. Floating on my board I looked at the horizon patiently anticipating that next sequence of swells, reminding myself that practicing patience is precisely why I love the sport of surfing. There was a point in which fifteen minutes went by and no wave suitable for my taste arrived. The waves were good, it just seemed like they were crashing only to the left and right of me. It was as if the one little five-foot spot of ocean where I chose to float was immune to good waves. Frustrated, I paddled to my let where the waves were breaking perfectly. As soon as I got there I found myself in the same dead zone. The waves had moved again and everywhere seemed better than where I was. I then moved further to the right, hoping to catch the big crashes I had seen there seconds prior, only to find myself in a wave-less ocean spot once again. It was futile. I needed to embrace my place and just wait for the ride that was intended for me.
Life is so much like surfing. We squander so much time and energy running to and fro, trying to catch everyone else’s waves only to find ourselves frustrated and just barely missing every good ride. It serves us right, we need to wait for the ride that was meant for us. If we spend our energy looking at the waves around us rather than the wave that is coming for us we end up missing out on the ride that we were meant to surf.
Surf your own wave. Embrace your place. Walk your own path.
Remember, no one’s story is like your story. There is no set path that you should follow, so give yourself permission to stop comparing yourself and your journey to everyone around you. Stop try to cash in on the waves that aren’t meant for you and instead watch the horizon line for the big wave that you are meant to ride.
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You are where you are for a reason. You are who you are meant to be. Embrace being you and embrace your place; by doing so you will find yourself riding the waves of your life. Your life story will be win-after-win once you learn to let the story actually begin.