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Surfing as a Metaphor for Life

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 by in Motivation | 1 comment

Surfing as a metaphor for life?  What do you think?  If you are expecting that perfect photo of me up on a surf board this must be the first time you have read my blog (welcome, and thank you).  For the rest of you, please find attached a photo of me completely busting, wiping out, and almost drowning.  My new obsession with surfing will serve as today’s Monday Motivation.  Don’t laugh, I had a zen(ish) experience while surfing.

Allen Falling

It got me thinking, is surfing a good metaphor for life?  Like life, surfing is extremely difficult.  Like life, it is frustrating, but, the water feels amazing.  Like life, there is a pecking order, don’t get mad, there is a pecking order, if you don’t realize that you need to read this blog more often.  Like life, it requires unbelievable balance.  And lastly, and most importantly, like life, the more risk you take, the greater the reward.

What I noticed about surfing:

– Just like in life and/or business, if you stay by the shore anyone can surf.

– Just like in life and/or business, everyone can see the wave that has already broken.

– Just like in life and/or business, who doesn’t want the great photo (even if it requires a little photoshopping).

– Just like in life and/or business, those that venture out into deep water gain the respect of those that went before them.

Surfing is one of the hardest things I have ever worked at learning.  Day one, was a breeze, you are by the shore (hell my feet touched the ground), I got on the board the second time I tried.  As I spent the day riding waves that had already broken, I started watching the other surfers.  What I realized was that there was an order to the waves.  Near the shore, the tourists (yes, I was one of them).  Just a bit further out, a group of people who could actually surf, but they couldn’t see a wave coming.  Then out beyond the initial curls, where the water was actually flat, the real surfers.

So day two, the instructor asks me “want to go out there”.  I knew exactly what he was asking, and what I learned is absolutely a metaphor for life.  First things first, at various times we all get asked “want to go out there”, only a few say yes.  Secondly, just paddling out to deep water is hard, you’ve got to be in good shape and have the right technique.  Thirdly, when you are in deep water, you better listen and pay attention.  Lastly, you will fall, and fall hard, but there is a catch, there is less people in deep water, those out there respect that you are trying, if you listen, and pay attention, you can succeed.  What do I think about surfing as a metaphor for life?  Just about perfection.  Sure the shore line is safer.  Paddling out into deep waters should be hard.  I love that there is less people out there.  Just like in life (or business) I love seeing the wave before it breaks.  I’m completely fine with falling, falling hard, and paddling back out.

1 Comment

  1. I can totally see the connection between surfing and life…and I don’t even surf! One of my favorite verses …”Whatsoever your hands find to do, do it with all of your might” I love that. To me it screams; “GO FOR IT!” lol The rewards (physically, mentally, spiritually) always exceed my expectations, which is a reward in itself! 🙂 And ‘bait’ for the next challenge. Enjoyed your blog.. Will be back.

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