How to Ride the Waves and Go With the Flow
Over the years, I have tried to control every aspect of my life. I graduated from high school and went to college. After college, I went to graduate school to increase the likelihood that I will find a job. After graduate school, I found an amazing job. 3 years later I was fired and jobless.
This was the start of a life change for me. This is when I started to look at life differently and start to look at the lessons surfing has taught me. I decided that I was not going to try and control every aspect of my life anymore. Since then I have been riding the waves and taking what comes my way.
Today, I do not get to the beach to surf as much as I would like, but the waves have taught me that you are not in control, there are external forces at play. I learned you have to choose the waves that are presented to you, ride the waves, and let the waves take you on your next ride.
Today, I want to chat about how to ride the waves that come up in your life.
Ride The Waves That Come Your Way
One of the goals of surfing is to maximize the time you are riding a wave. The longest recorded ride was 37 minutes. Wowzers, that sounds like fun. In order to take a ride like this, you need to find the right wave at the right time. Experienced surfers will know how to do this.
This is similar to life. You are going to be presented with many different opportunities. Some of these opportunities are going to be good, others are going to be bad. However, based on your position in life or in the ocean, you are going to take advantage of certain waves and not others.
So, if you are looking to catch that wave and ride it for a while, look for the right wave. Not every wave is going to be perfect for you and your situation. Sometimes they are too big, they might be breaking too soon, or you may need to paddle out further.
In life, not every opportunity is going to fit. Make sure your decisions benefit you long term. From your job to your spouse, you need to make sure you choose the right wave to ride. You only get one life, make sure you enjoy it.
Get Up Quickly
Now that you have found the right wave, you must get up quickly.
Surfing is a lot like life. When you pop up on your surfboard, you should be using the most momentum of the wave to maximize your ride. If you are not getting up quickly, you will not be able to stand up on your board. You need to use the wave, pop up quickly if you are going to ride the wave. Yes, it might be going fast, you may not be ready, but you need to make the decision and get up on your board quickly.
How many times have you been sitting wanting change, but never pull the trigger? From getting that new job or finding what truly makes you happy, you have to get up quickly and take action. You don’t want to miss that next wave.
This also goes for being in a bad situation. The faster you move on, the better position you will be in the future. So, get up quickly if you are going to ride the waves.
Find What Works For You
If you are looking to maximize your time in the ocean, you need to choose the right surfboard. There are multiple factors that you need to think about before you paddle out. You need to look at your fitness level, your goals, your experience, and a few other factors.
As a parent of 4, I can safely say that each of my kids requires different tactics. There is no one size fits all solution, and this is okay. We are all unique and we all have a different way to accomplish a goal, take care of a task, or live our life.
Reality is that just because something works for one person, it is not going to always work for everyone. So get to know what works for you. It is okay to be different.
Side note: Please find what works, but don’t use this as an excuse not to try. Just like surfing, if you are going to have a good time, the equipment does not matter. You just get out there and get the job done and ride the waves.
Ride More Waves
Imagine, you have been surfing a handful of times. You stand up about 15% of the time. Yeah, you are going to have a good time and enjoy the ocean. However, if you learn more about the waves, learn new techniques, and learn about your surfing equipment you are going to stand up more.
Learning (riding more weaves) helps us break out of our normal patterns. The patterns that keep us doing the same thing day in and day out. Learning new skills is going to help us make better decisions, find better opportunities (waves), and let us expand into new areas of life.
The more you know, the better your surfing day is going to be. You are going to stand up more, you are going to be able to ride longer, and you are going to enjoy your surfing day that much more. Each wave is going to teach you something. Never take these lessons for granted.
Ride more waves and never stop learning.
Enjoy The Ride
I believe that this is probably the most important lesson in life. You need to enjoy the ride. Prepare yourself for the unexpected and do your best every day. I mean this, life is too short, find out what makes you happy and do it with all your heart.
Personal story alert! I have been a corporate marketer since graduating from college and I started Hawaiian Island Clothing because I wanted more in life. I wanted to be able to connect with people, give back to the community, and make an impact. Hawaiian proverbs have taught me a lot over the years and this is my way to give back and share a little bit about what I know. I may not be Hawaiian, but the lessons are still valuable and relevant. This is my way to find the meaning of aloha.
So, if you take anything away from this article, find something you love. Enjoy the ride and ride the waves of life. We only get one.
Ride the Waves and Go With the Flow
This is one of my favorite surfer quotes because it teaches us so much about life. There is a lot that we can learn about life through surfing quotes. So, let’s ride the waves and go with the flow.
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