Today I woke up much the same as every day: Very sore from the day prior.
I wake up sore because on an average day I give at least 5—sometimes 10—surf or paddle lessons. It may not sound that hard but, what that consists of is 6 to 8 hours of paddling surfers in and out of the surf. I’ve been told by several people that they have never seen somebody swim as hard and as long as I do. It’s not that it’s hard for me—I am in great condition and do it on such a regular basis and have trained for most of most of my life doing this—the problem is, at over half of a century in age my body is like a car that needs new shocks (and tires).
Anyways I’m not complaining, I just refuse to accept that I’m getting old. I still act and (try to) perform like a kid..
After a great breakfast (a banana) I was in the water teaching surfing as usual. I love to teach people and I think that is why I am very good at my job. I get such pleasure and enjoyment from watching a new surfer that has never been on a board before train on the beach with me for 20 to 30 mins and then go out and pop up perfectly and ride the first wave all the way to the sand. I try to be modest much of the time, but when my customers give me the best reviews on Yelp and I get rated as one of the top surf instructors in this area it’s okay brag a little, right?
So my point is, I truly do love my job, I love my life, and I’m just happy to be here. Which happens to remind me why I am writing this today in the blog: I meet a lot of people every day, and many of the people I meet appear to be unhappy, angry at the world and trying to control things our of their hands and it makes me feel sad for them. I won’t lie, on occasion, I have felt brief anger or resentment in regards to others and their actions, but I’ve learned that it is not healthy or a good representation of me and my life choices to show that publicly. I learned years ago that the people I admire the most are those who never have a bad thing to say about anyone. It’s funny that’s truly a learned skill to be able to only have nice things to say about a person, especially when they’ve been a been a problem or threat in the past. So, now I try to do that as well as I possibly can (I’m not perfect).
Today I was just a little rattled by a person that was complaining that I was using this blog as a business tool, and that’s it’s not appropriate to do that in the forum I posted in. The truth is, it is about my business, I am trying to use my business as a tool to gain others to volunteer with me and help keep my beaches and streets clean. I thought for a second and quickly realized that I really wasn’t rattled at all. I felt a bit sympathetic to the person who had made the complaint and made a decision to respond. I went back in a private message and invited him to participate with me in the first project we arrange. I know if they accept my offer it will help change their outlook on many things and most likely make them feel like I do right now: Just HAPPY to be here.