The Smartest Thing I Did…

17 Dec

I did a few smart things this year – leaving a structured job that wasn’t working for me and going back to school to name a few. But if I had to name the smartest thing I did this year, I’d have to say it was learning to surf. I’ll tell you why. 

My entire life I’ve always been around people who surfed but it never dawned on me to take it up myself. I don’t know why – I swim almost daily and I love the ocean. I guess I just thought it was something that people did if they grew up doing it or if they had buddies who did it. I didn’t think I could do it because I didn’t fit either category. I didn’t grow up surfing and none of my close friends surfed. 

But one day I watched a father teaching his little boy to surf and I thought – that’s it. I’m going to learn too. And I put “learning to surf” on my New Years resolution list. By August, I realized I hadn’t met my resolution and that if I didn’t hop to it, I wouldn’t do it because I wanted to learn when the weather was warm. 

I’ve written a fair amount about learning to surf on this blog so I won’t repeat myself here but I will say why it was the smartest thing I’ve done this year. 1) it gets me out of my *&&^%% head and into my body. 2) It makes me laugh; 3) It’s helped me make new friends; 4) I’ve proven to myself that I can do something outdoorsy without having a boyfriend, SUV or posse of friends who all do stuff together; 5) it’s cheaper than skiing; 6) for someone practicing celibacy, it’s the closest thing I know to having sex without a human being involved.  

I feel so grateful for learning to surf because it keeps me in touch with being alive. With my child-self. With my humanity. With God. 

Hands down. It was the smartest thing I did this year.

One Response to “The Smartest Thing I Did…”

  1. Todd December 17, 2009 at 6:11 am #

    Very Cool!

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