Life Surfing

16 Sep

Surfing is like life. You start on the beach and survey the horizon. You scope out the crowd, make mental notes of who is where and what their habits are, how people ride and when they are likely to go for a wave. You find the break and set your route to get there. All you have is your surfboard, your wits, and your will.

The better the day, the harder the struggle. Giants will swallow you and spit you out back towards shore. The coral will catch your board and cut your skin. You would drown if it weren’t for the thin leash connecting you to your surfboard; a lifeline that tugs you towards the surface, to air.

Something compels you to continue; an inner spirit, the challenge, the adrenaline, the hope. The hope that you will find your destination. The image of calm beyond the break soothes and comforts as you toss and tumble in the jaws of another wave.

You will struggle to make it past the break, but when you do. It’s calm. It’s quiet. Now you wait. You watch the sets coming in, asses their potential. Your hopes fall and rise like the swells beneath you. Waiting.

And all at once, a set will come in from the horizon. Slowly, purposefully, building in size and intensity. It takes all your will to let the first wave go. But from it, you learn the manner of this set of waves. You determine the break from the spray, you find your entry mark, a mental ‘x’ on the surface of the ocean just before the foam and start paddling.

I’m paddling.

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2 Responses to “Life Surfing”

  1. mscambridge September 16, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    Hi There – I am suffering the same job search shocker! I think it is more like dating though…Good luck – your set will come in soon.

  2. vhasablog September 16, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    Job searching is quite an interesting experience in the city.
    Thanks for the support. May you catch your wave.

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