Life Is About Waiting, Wiping Out and Paddling

surf-wipeoutsBy JP Chartier

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”  -Ernest Hemingway

I realized from years of experience that surfing isn’t all about riding the waves. The apex of course is riding the wave, but for the most part surfing consists of copious amounts of patience, wiping out, and paddling. In fact, riding a wave only occasionally happens, a gift from the surfing gods so to speak.

If you think about it, we all wait and paddle everyday of our lives, but many of us do so grudgingly. We tend to be so fixated on the end result or the final destination that we ignore the journey.

We can all learn something about life from the surfer; and that is to find joy in the trivial moments that make up the majority of our existence. We can’t always be riding a wave, but we can be content with where we are and what we are doing at the moment.

This moment is just as it should be, perfect and fleeting. It’s attempting to teach you something vital for your journey, but will you listen? Will you pay attention? Or do you have your eye on the destination, oblivious to what is going on around you.

When you find yourself bobbing on your surfboard awaiting the next big wave of life, why not cherish and savor the moment? What’s the alternative?


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