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Surf Lessons for Life

Surf Lessons For Life

“When I was young I discovered the majesty of the sea.
Throughout my life I found solace from what the sea gave to me.
Now in my mature years, I come back to the one place that feeds my soul and allows me to just…be.”

— Andrew Pacholyk (Lead Us To A Place: Your Spiritual Journey Through Life’s Seasons)


The surf here in Bali is something to experience, even if you don’t surf.

I’ve always been fascinated by the ocean and the fierce throw of the waves. The fact that human beings have mastered the art of becoming one with the water and riding a natural force of the world as if it was solely there for our enjoyment, amazes me.

Learning to surf is one of the best things I could have ever done and one of the most freeing experiences I’ve ever felt. Not to mention it is a great tool for fitness, health improvement and boosting overall morale.

There are few things that come close to the feeling of surfing and often times it doesn’t even matter if you catch a wave. The pure joy of sitting at backline in the saltwater surrounded by others that share the same love and respect for the ocean is better than most other social gatherings.

Even as a spectator, the waves are a terrific replacement to a screen or mindless wander in your own mind. To see a wave forming perfectly out of nothing is to watch the birth of nature creating something beautiful.

Every wave is unique and is the culmination of many elements forming over hundreds of miles of open water to finally collapse on the shore in a final throw, only to be drawn back out with the riptide to help the next waveform until it too, becomes a ripple on the shoreline.


“As the waves are an expression of the ocean, we are an expression of the earth. Attached to Mother Nature but reaching forth like budding flowers to create something of beauty.
Live your purpose. Know that you have one. Show others what it is and teach them that they too are instruments of the world and can transform the world around them by simply expressing who they are. 
Be kind to the earth for it is what holds you in space and keeps you grounded. Remember that you are simply an expression of nature and as the tides change and you too eventually reach the shore in a final throw, your impact on the earth will return to the soil like the retreating wave creates a new one. 
Make that time of yours last while it belongs to you and make an impact on the world as those have come before you have changed the world as you now see it today.”
– Craig Condy


Life can certainly be likened to the waves in the ocean, as circumstances change like the changing tides, and each new day brings new possibilities that could either take us to where we want to go or throw us down to teach us something new.

No matter what, it all depends on how we face our hurdles in life and whether we choose to get back up and try again, or admit defeat and become washed up.

Where do you want to go and how will you get there???

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