Once again, my group of surfers was in the water as soon as the sun introduced itself in the sky. I sat on the lanai and watched them with fascination. It may have been my imagination, but the waves seemed taller today.
As the waves rolled into shore, some of the surfers would get up on their board and ride the wave and some would not. About half of the surfers simply waited for the next wave to roll in. Some even swam out farther to catch the surf away from the others.
Once they were on top of the wave, you could see them rolling and jumping with their boards. They used the right moment to their full advantage. It was extremely exciting to watch.
Now, I know nothing about the skills you need for surfing. That being said, I learned a few life lessons from studying their actions today:
- It’s important to be a part of a group. There is safety, security and you can learn from one another.
- Have patience – Each wave that comes along is not always the right wave. So many times in life we are tempted to jump at the first good thing that comes along. Wait -the next wave may be bigger and better.
- It’s ok to pass something up. Some of the surfers did not stand up on their boards at all. They simply paddled around and enjoyed the water. There are some things in life you are better off not attempting.
- Once you are in your perfect wave, enjoy it. Laugh aloud, spin and show how good you are. What is the point of getting what you want and not taking the time to enjoy it?
I don’t think I have the stamina or skills to try surfing. However, I have enjoyed watching this group work the ocean swells all while I sit on my condo lanai.
I wonder what they will teach me next.