I had a wonderful time in New England on vacation with my family this past summer. We visited Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Two of the destinations had us on the lake, which of course brings us time on the stand-up paddleboard. I love it. It’s so freeing, provides exercise, and gets us out on the water.
In reflecting on that calm time on the paddleboard, I thought about life, and all of the ups and downs that goes with it.
I thought about the following:
* Do the hard stuff first. Paddle against the current first to make your trip back much more relaxing and enjoyable.
* You are going to get wet. Whether it’s falling in, falling down, or just the waves coming up on you, you are going to get wet. It’s just like in life. Never perfect.
* It’s worth the work. Lugging the paddleboard to the water and blowing it up (we have an inflatable one). The car racks, the parking for the water, and getting everything set up so you can get going. It’s all worth it. Do the work so you will be able to enjoy it.
* Other people are going to make waves. Boats, jet skis, ferries, etc. They are all going to make waves around you causing you to adjust as needed. Even maybe making you fall off. The same happens in real life. My take: don’t let others’ waves ruin your mission.
Enjoy the journey wherever it is that you are going. Take in your surroundings and be in the moment. Be still when you can.
Well, I never fancied myself as a lake bum, though I do thoroughly enjoy the time on the paddleboard. It’s quite soothing and refreshing for the soul. Hope these tidbits of advice can help, wherever your paddleboard takes you.
Best to you on your journey! #Survivethrive
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