Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lessons from Windsurfing

Lessons Learned from windsurfing in June after a thirty (30) year hiatus:

* Gather your balance and breathe in before lifting the sail.
Lesson: make a plan before trying something new and breathe deeply to center yourself.

* Always have the wind at your back.
Lesson: you will build up momentum, so be strategic about having the momentum push you in a positive and helpful direction.

* Bend your knees.
Lesson: be flexible and be ready to move with the inevitable waves instead of letting them knock you off course.

* Keep your back straight.
Lesson: be sure of yourself and don't shrink down. Standing firmly keeps you steady.

* Have your feet in a strong position.
Lesson: be grounded and know where you are going.

* Be aware of the wave 🌊 cycle because when you know they're coming, you can bend into them.
Lesson: some challenges will be unexpected, but leaning into them helps you stay steady. Stiffening and resisting the waves is a sure bet that you will lose your balance. Note: I learned this the hard way when I jumped back up on the board immediately after a wave knocked me off and I didn't time my re-boarding with the wave pattern....lesson learned!

* You can expect to fall in the ocean when windsurfing hasn't been experienced for thirty years.
Lesson: small failures are part of the process so don't stress too much about them.
Instead, brush them off and get back on.

* When it is time to turn around, slowly pivot your sail, allow the front of your board to turn towards the shore and slowly walk around the board. Begin sailing again with the wind at your back.
Lesson: a 180 degree turn takes care and decisive movement.

* Don't be afraid to retry something you haven't done in a long time. I had not windsurfed for thirty years and it was so exhilirating to try this again.
Lesson: challenges keep us young and it is helpful to trust that you will remember what is important. Breathe in and take on the challenge and be willing to learn the inevitable lessons.

Celebrate your willingness to grow and learn.


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