It’s a great talent, not just to live each day, but to live it with meaning. In a way, that’s part of the benefit of surfing – it’s not only good for the body, but also for the soul. During first lessons it’s pretty hard to feel it, because all concentration is more on technique, but with every next time you start to feel some movements, you stop thinking what you have to do and you start to contemplate, feel and experience. What is the philosophy behind the ocean?
THE KNACK OF WAITING
Surfers spend a lot of time waiting for a wave, sometimes it seems to take forever and can even start to get boring, sometimes you really think “Should we turn back?” despite all the effort it took to get to the line-up. A true surfer knows what patience is. It’s the same in life: we all have a goal, sometimes when what we set out to do doesn’t happen as soon as we planned, we start to get distracted and think that the effort was wasted and it’s probably time to turn back. No. Lesson #1: He who knows how to wait wins!
BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITIES.
Probably almost everyone who has tried surfing, had a stupor and fear of the wave, doubts about their skills and strength. Some because of this, unfortunately, return to shore with zero results. In life it is the same: we doubt whether we are “able” to make our plan or dream come true, whether it is to pass an exam, to pass a job interview or just to talk to the person we like. Fear and doubt are the two main obstacles to success. The benefit of surfing is lesson #2: If you believe in yourself, the impossible does not exist.
CONCENTRATING ON WHAT YOU WANT
In any endeavor you will encounter obstacles to success, because what is given easily is actually worthless. In surfing, for example, if you really want to “pump up” your skills, you will have to get up before dawn, paddle to the line-up, enjoy far from the warmest air and water, experience minor setbacks, return home with zero caught waves in your pocket, and so on. It’s just like life since high school and university: early rises and not always great results. And that’s the point – throughout life, we learn despite all the “nots” and “buts” because we know why we do it. Lesson #3. Always remember: your purpose is behind all the obstacles.
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
The benefits of surfing are limitless! Surfers are not afraid to surf where sharks can be encountered, in fact, some even continue to surf after an encounter with this not the most harmless animal. We can go on a surf trip and live in a tent on a deserted island, we can surf in the Antarctic or Alaska out of curiosity, we are not afraid of thunder and lightning. And all because we’re on the lookout for a wave that will become a legend for us, and maybe for the entire surfing world. Lesson #4: What you’re striving for sometimes lies just outside your comfort zone.
CLOSER TO NATURE.
From a young age, we know what time is and we tie everything to it. Our whole lives are tied to hours and minutes. Think about it, how often do you think about time and look at your watch? In a metropolitan city, time really is “worth its weight in gold. Surfers in this regard live in accordance with nature: the behavior of the ocean and the influence of the moon on earthly processes. And only then, having calculated that very hour, in anticipation of it, we start looking at the clock. Therein lies the benefit of surfing and lesson #5: Learn to listen to nature and your own biological rhythms.
VALUE THE MOMENT.
One wave caught is worth quite a bit of effort, as we wrote above. We know how to sit for 5, 10, 20 minutes at a time waiting for the pleasure, which is often counted in seconds, but those moments are worth it and sometimes remain in memory for years to come. After two hours of surfing, the waves may sometimes be less than 10 minutes long, but you’ll see a happy face and hear a bunch of stories of what it was like. Lesson #6 – remember the past, care about the future, but live in the moment and in the second.
THE INVALUABLE BENEFIT OF SURFING – THE ART OF BEING HAPPY
As the saying goes, better a bad day of surfing than a good day at the office. And many people who have been fortunate enough to experience that floating wave experience will agree. While waiting for a wave, we still have those beautiful moments to think about something or talk to our linemates while enjoying the view of the endless ocean. This is, of course, not to mention when your surf session has ended with a good result. Surfers really love and literally live the surf. Lesson #7: Do what you love and then you’ll be happy every day.
That’s why many people say that “love the ocean is once and for all,” and surfing is a great way to feel a part of this great gift of nature.