Lessons from the Ocean

Currently sitting beachside as I write this. Doing so reminded me of just how powerful the ocean is and why I love it so much.

No matter where I am I always find myself back at the ocean every year.

One time, when I was in high school, I drove to the nearest ocean, (Three hours away) at 3 am. It was a choice I made on the spot and within five minutes or so, I was on my way.

I even left the state I call home, which is known for the snowy mountains and winter sports, to go chase the waves.

I came to the conclusion that I will always come back home and I will always go to the ocean. Sometimes when you are in the environment that was made for you to learn lessons from, you overlook them. Maybe if I lived near the ocean I wouldn’t have reflected and then had the space to learn these lessons, I wouldn’t appreciate it as much as I do now.

So here’s what I learned.

No matter what life will always keep coming at you, sometimes its caused by other people’s actions, sometimes its nature and you were meant to be hit with it, sometimes you create it. Waves work the same way. Some waves are caused by other people’s actions of driving their boats. Most times its nature such as wind and gravitational pull, etc. When a wave comes at you, you have a few choices. Embrace it, jump over it, dive under it and immerse yourself in it, or let it knock you down. Which are also the choices you have when life hits you wave after wave? You can prepare yourself for what’s to come, jump over the huddle as it comes, go headfirst into the problem and feel everything along the way, or the easiest (temporary easy) let it knock you the f out.

Now, this is the true test of your destiny. No matter the choice you make when a wave is coming your way, you have to commit. If you are going to jump it you have to do so with all of your strength or else you will get knocked down. Which is fine but you have to get back up and decide what your next move will be before another wave comes at you. When this happens you start to feel hopeless. The feeling of being held down by your own mind is a lot like being knocked down by a wave, then another one, and another. You feel as if you can’t find your footing, you just want a breath of air, and a moment to reflect on the past wave before you have to deal with the one that is coming at you right now.

But life doesn’t work like that, not if you don’t have access to the right resources to ride out the wave. Even then you will fall, you will get knocked out. This is where I like to say, “Fake it till you make it” I know you think you need downtime, to feel bad, but for some people that is what keeps you down.

I love looking out at the ocean and not seeing an end in sight, then realizing that you have no idea what is in the water, on the surface, and way below. Sometimes you don’t get to see what is happening in your path in all directions of your life. This is why it is important to look at it as it is the ocean. Think of the feelings you get at the beach when you feel the warmth on your skin and the sound of the waves and the gut feeling when you are in the water. Take these same feelings with you every day.

I could go on but I’ll stop here.

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