Hubs and I attended the
Great Greek Food
Free "Adult Beverages"
Surf Art EVERYWHERE
Surf Films. . . all night long
It felt like HOME to me.
Similar elements coexisted on a daily basis
throughout our island life.
Surrounded by such things on-island, I found my joy and my peace.
After moving off-island,
I've had a "hole in my soul". . .
that was just filled up by the fabulous surf community of SD.
One of the films, "Mike Coots", was centered on adaptive surfing,
and this Special Education teacher couldn't have been more thrilled! So many memories flooded my head...watching my students catch waves has been one of the TOP highlights of my career. Hands DOWN.
(um, hello! The World Adaptive Surfing Championship will be held in SD this coming September! I'm calling one of my previous students to see if he and his family can come out for this! Ahhh!)
In another film,
surfer Chris Bertish describes his journey through Big Wave Surfing.
My biggest take-away from the night came from a scene showing him training with a championship free-diver.
She (the diver) was explaining the difference between
capabilities and limits.
Capabilities are the range of our individual abilities...
the "you can do anything that you set your mind to do."
Limits are what we must understanding about ourselves in order to fully explore our capabilities as individuals.
Let's use Chris as an example.
He was learning the signs that the body gives as it is shutting down due to lack of oxygen underwater.
As a Big Wave Surfer,
the chance that he would be held underwater for a lengthy period of time was 100%.
SO...in order to explore his capabilities,
he first had to learn his limits.
This got me to thinking:
HOW OFTEN DO I LET MY FEAR OF THE LIMIT
PREVENT ME FROM EXPLORING MY CAPABILITIES?
Then, my mind went back to the previous film (adaptive surfing).
I thought about my previous students who participated in adaptive surfing. Many times, the reality of their "dis"ability forced the truth about their limits. They learned (and many times fully accepted) this truth early in life.
I'm talking 3rd graders, here people.
They are truly "living" by
knowing their limits and exploring their capabilities.
What incredible leaders they are in this life.
'Tis why I do what I do every day for a "profession."
I learn SO MUCH from the beautiful souls who pass through my door.
It's definitely time to follow Chris' lead.
Fully understand my limit,
and then explore my capabilities.
Is that the key to life?
For the adventurous soul,
it just may be!