For the past month and a half, I have had the privilege to interact, guide, and be guided by eighteen middle school students. We worked together as we flipped through the pages of Shaun Tomson’s book, Surfer’s Code. Each chapter grabbed us differently as we reflected on our lives. We taught each other through stories, perspectives, and action, with the common bond of saltwater.
The program came to a close for the season last week as the devoted students stood on stage looked out into the audience and expressed their new views on life and on self. So, I too began to look back at the past month and a half, and on my saltwater journey. It’s an evolving continual expedition that excites my cells, stimulates my intellect, and makes my soul come alive. When I was growing up in the exact same seats of these young men and women, I craved something like this program. I yearned for guidance, support, and recognition in the activity that I loved. Yet, it wasn’t there. It wasn’t amongst the hallway chatter. It wasn’t hung on the walls admired by people passing by. It wasn’t featured in local newspapers. And it wasn’t thought of as something that could change lives. But today, today it is!
My heart smiles for each of these kids and my soul shines for the instructors involved, because change is happening one wave at a time, and we are all evolving into better versions of ourselves as a result.