You have found your routine, you have hit your stride and it has become comfortable. What has? It could be anything; running marathons, reading every day, drinking cold pressed juice or smiling at every stranger you walk pass. You have come a long way since the first time you took a chance and did it. In doing so it may have changed you in ways you had never expected. It’s important to remember the reason you started.
I had more fun the other day watching this kid charge these less than awesome waves than and I did surfing them. I got out of the water because I was getting frustrated. Frustrated with Surfline’s forecast being less than accurate. Frustrated with the board I had chosen. Frustrated with my performance. I sat there and watched how much fun he was having; just surfing. He took every wave he could get and enjoyed all of them. I realized I had over complicated the sport. It quickly became a reminder of why I started surfing. The memory of pure joy scoring that first wave while on vacation to HB, the one that changed it all. The salty ocean on my lips, the sense of speed while cutting down the face, and wind whipping by my ears. I can vividly remember how overwhelmed my senses were and how much fun I experienced in that instant. It was a moment I will never forget and always cherish.
You can replace my “Surfing” with just about anything. I think it is really important to take time and reflect on what the reason was we chose to start something. I feel examining these reasons are always a good reminder and source of inspiration to strengthen our commitment in our pursuit of our long term goal of, whatever it may be. Keep it as simple and pure as possible. You started for a reason; it WAS and IS an important one. Take time and consider where has it taken you and what is next?
I started surfing because it was fun. I will not forget that. I need to strip away all that is not important and get back to where it all started.