5 Life Hacks from a Surf Trip

Sometimes the Universe/God/Love nudges us a bit (imho). Whether we lean in is on us (freedom, free will)–but doing so can be amazing. I gave in once to something so outside myself there was no way it was just me. In return, I got some deep liberation from religion and walls I didn’t even know I built..

But it doesn’t have to be so serious, Jas..

For more than a year I thought I was getting signals to go Surfing. Surfing?? City girl? North Sea? Not a great swimmer.. Jas, check that.

I can be too in my head, or heavy serious so this was crazy talk. Maybe it was just some cool metaphors?

“Emotions are like waves…they keep coming, but you get to choose which ones you surf..”

Or that shirt my daughter found:
“Where there’s a Will, there’s a Wave..”

But the nudges kept coming.

I even met two strangers, on two separate occasions, who randomly shared about Surf trips. Wt?! And my point break 😉 came when visiting a church and seeing a drawing of a surfer scaling a massive wave come on screen. Jaw drop.

Ok Universe/God/Love.. Im in.

Together with 3 friends we broke into our agendas, booked a place to stay, a surf lesson (Dreams, TY!) and hit the North Sea for more than R & R.

Universe Wink: The day we arrived we heard “You’re lucky–Best day of waves this Season!” Nudge, Nudge. ❤

After a wicked time getting in wetsuits, we got a sand tutorial on how the sea works, water patterns to look out for, and practiced jumping on the boards.

Let’s go!

No one can describe how surfing is, how it feels to catch a wave, or the Vibe of the people and crew.. Or that you’ll never see water the same.

If you have anything for beach, water, or fast cars/horsepower, please try to do this.

“Under an Arctic Sky” on Netflix, stunning on so many levels, do check!

I got motion sickness, had massive panic in the calm past the breakers when I realized there was nothing under my feet, held the board for dear life. Tried to catch some waves, failed, got toppled by a monster, made it back on board.

And then, with a little push and big enthusiasm from the instructor, I caught one–or it caught me..

OMFG..

Like a wild volcano unicorn, or the earth letting you taste its super sonic core, like a rocket, 0 to 60 in under 1 second.. I have no good words. Flipping Wonder.

Too much power to even think about standing.

Beyond the beauty and ferocity, and calm and chaos of the sea, it’s also Living.. (tweet)

Viana/Moana comes close.. 😉

Here are my life 5 takeaways from that special Surf Trip:

1. Getting in a Wetsuit is a b*, but you need it.

Half our prep time was wrenching our bodies in those super tight full body suits. But the suit would keep us warm and help with buoyancy in case we got separated from the board.

Similarly, some life circumstances are crap, uncomfortable, and we can feel crushed by our situations, fears, or things grieving our hearts. But maybe something we’ve walked through will be a help down the road? Even if it’s just that I can be a better support for someone passing a similar path?

After all, aren’t we all connected?

2. It’s seriously hard getting through breakers to the calm spot where you wait for a wave..

Every clip you’ve ever seen makes it look so easy. You can’t magically walk through. You have to actively tread against the tide.

Sometimes we’re stuck on the shore in our life, or the struggle is massive to press where we’re hoping to go. But Everyone experiences resistance. None of us is alone.

What are you letting hold you up from pursuing the stirring in your heart?

3. There are more waves than you can ever ride. Relax. Breathe. Choose.

I sat on my board feeling the lumps as waves passed through. Abyss beneath me, riders scattered around me, enough waves for everyone to try, fail, to try again.

They don’t stop. You get to choose.

Did you ever feel like your life was being lived for you? Check your bellybutton–the minute that chord was cut, we know we’re designed for freedom and power to choose our own path.

4. This is Surfing. Chill th Out.

I was bummed we couldn’t find the hang ten hand emoji in Whatsapp. Me and the girls started using it all weekend–it became a mental symbol for chill out, relax, dope, nice!, it’s all good, rock on..

The Vibe at the beach– sharing, supporting one another, laid back, letting go, having fun– was like a metaphor for how life should be. (tweet)

Don’t take your stuff and yourself too seriously. I work on heavy issues and it seems almost wrong to lighten up even a bit. But we have to live to fight another day, right?

5. In life, the waves won’t stop coming, you might as well learn to surf..

Self-care, self-empowerment and FUN are critical. And if emotions or self-talk are like waves, you can and must choose which ones you want to ride. You have way more power than you think, and the Universe is on your side. Don’t sit on the shore of your life.

If you step out and a wave topples you, no sweat. It happens to all of us. More waves coming.
Relax.


© @JasNotes, thisisheartinformation.com


Hey, I’m Jasmine, coffee almost done and wondering what life takeaways you’ve picked up along your way? Post a comment below and feel free to share the blog.❤

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*I use He & His as simple pronouns for God, but fully recognize God with male and female “identity” (for lack of a better word), as demonstrated throughout the Bible and most blatantly through humanity. Related post, Transgender God here, or love letter to a Transgender Teen on Spirit Day here.<3


Cover image: Lucia Criggi / Caters News Agency
*if you know the sources of some of the other surf images, pls share!

One Reply to “5 Life Hacks from a Surf Trip”

  1. FANTASTIC, UPLIFTING BLOG POST and GRAPHICS!
    MAGICAL!!!
    MYSTICAL!!!
    It made me really happy to read your post and I found myself imagining the experience: squeezing into the wetsuit, smelling the North Sea air, tasting the salty water, toe-gripping the surf board, falling off, going under, breath-gasping cold water, total immersion in the sea, exhilarating, close to God, protected by God, holding my breath, bobbing back up, hoisting myself back on, catching a wave, balancing and riding it in.

    The experience must have been sooooo life-enriching.

    I greatly appreciate your sharing this really cool experience, and your thoughts, feelings and learnings.
    Vivacious!
    Vicarious!
    Victorious!
    I enjoyed seeing one of my own, lifelong mantras, “Live to fight another day” in this post. I’m a steadfast believer in that.
    Great, fun, insightful read! Thank you for sharing!
    Congratulations, Ms. J.!
    Blessings!

    Like

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