Just keep paddling

After some time in the water yesterday morning, I thought I’d share a few reflections on life using seven images that I had the opportunity to capture. A small white-tip gave me the idea. Many thanks to our marine friend. I didn’t number the photos, as I couldn’t decide which ones were more important to me. Let me know if you have a good ranking for yourself.

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Sometimes, life can be a bit of a mess, but it passes. You can see a friend of mine in the very centre of the photo – the other side of any mess we get ourselves into.

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Life is good. Don’t let anyone make you feel otherwise. Pursue your passions.

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Share our spaces. We joined this small white-tip, who was prepared to share her space with us. A brief, welcoming swim-by, before we entered the water. A little more reflection on reasonable intentions may make this world a happier place. Assume the best, but exercise caution! (Stay on land if it’s a 15ft tiger shark.)

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Have fun, never forget that. Make time for yourself, because you deserve it, we all do, despite what those around us may demand. Leave the guilt on shore.

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In surfing, as in life, you do get a bit beat up along the way.  Just make sure, it’s worth it. If I had hung my board on the wall and stayed home, it would still be pristine – beautiful, but in a sad way. Each scar is a memory, the most precious of our possessions.

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We all find ourselves in the whitewater at some time. The only way to avoid this is to keep your feet dry, but is this living? Welcome the tough times that come with your pursuits. Just keep paddling.

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Enjoy moments. For all the waves that will never ever break again, just relax and revel in the passing experience. Trying to notice the moments is the difficult part, as our fast paced lives race by. It’s a thinking skill that we are not taught in schools.

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Intersecting Lives

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Passing through life, we try on a variety of roles that all connect in the most surprising ways. We don’t usually realize how they all fit together until the moments pass. Specific events help us to see how the different strands have connected, supported, hindered and shaped our ideas, and therefore our identities. I lead many lives; #principal, #father, #writer, #surfer, #learner, #dreamer – to name just a few. We all do.  However, what is my principal interest? If I knew that, I would know who I am. However, life isn’t about knowing who you are. It’s about staying interested enough to keep asking the question. Our identities are complex because of our interests, and the intersecting lives they entangle. I am going to attempt to unravel mine, starting from my life as a principal, exploring the ideas that centre around this aspect of my identity, and spin outwards from there.

 

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