Catch Your Wave
Twelve surfers sit facing the horizon.
A promising wave starts to form just beyond the line of surfboards.
Half the surfers let the wave pass by.
Another four turn their boards and start to paddle, then shift gears and let the wave roll past.
The last two catch the crest and steer their boards along the edge, twisting to adjust position. One rides to the frothy end in the shallows. The other cuts back midway and faces away from shore, waiting for a better wave.
With what appears to be the same spot, same wave, and same goal, the surfers chose different options.
Countless nuances affect our choices. For a surfer it might be the way a wave breaks, or how near the next surfer is. And there’s the indefinable, personal sense at a crucial instant of whether to go for it.
Making choices based on experience and instinct is our right, whether we can explain our reasoning or not. We may not totally understand the triggers that make us say yes or no. Gut instinct is a force to be respected and honed.
Catch the waves you feel right about. Let the others roll past. Tap into your senses to make a choice again next time.
This week’s Hike Notes, Rockaway Beach to Pacifica State Beach, reflect this instinctive choice phenomenon. My family loves the northern end of Pacifica State Beach, but we don’t like the crowds and tight parking lot at the southern end. We still choose to go to Pacifica State Beach, but we start from neighboring Rockaway Beach and hike over the hill to get there. Sometimes life lets us enjoy two good choices in one!
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Hike Notes 77: Rockaway Beach to Pacifica State Beach
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