The sun is setting, but I must get in the salt water before the day is through. I need to clear my mind…
I park my truck and dash to the top of the dunes. Clean lines barreling to the right fill my sight. Immediately I’m back to my truck, wrapping a towel around my waist and wiggling into my wetsuit. I quickly wax up my board and go jetting over the dunes again. The Ocean welcomes me with the cheering of crashing waves and a salt-air hug.
I bolted into the water and paddled out into the line-up as fast as I could. The first few waves were caught with ease. With a clear peach colored sky in front of me, it was easy to see the peaks of blue establish. However, this color contrast did not last for long. As the sun dropped behind the buildings, the orange hue faded, and the horizon turned into a deep blue-grey. Everything camouflaged and became one. The peaks that were a few minutes ago so easily distinguishable, were now not visible until only a few feet in front of me.
Get out of the water? Nope, clearing my mind had just begun. My instincts heightened when this realization set in. I could feel my eyes zeroing in on the forefront, allowing for a few extra seconds of fate making to occur… to drop into the wave, or not? My breath became deeper, as if to calm my mind to enhance my focus. All the sounds seemed to have been turned up a notch. At this point I could not see much, but I could hear if a wave broke far outside, so I could then prepare to paddle and duck dive under it. The last few waves of this session were acted upon with trust and acceptance that, what you see in one light might not be the same in another.
Sometimes what you think you know so well, is actually just what is in clear view. To gain a greater and true understanding of something or someone, you must release what you have seen and allow yourself to experience it with blinders on. When things become unclear to the visible eye, we gain a deeper understanding of what truly is.
In an experience like this, you must give up what you’ve analytically seen/come to know and allow your senses to kick in. If you know the person, place, or thing well enough, you will still be able to act upon whatever it is that needs to be done. If you do not know the person place or thing fully, it will bring you to a new awareness. Just remember, whatever it is, when put in a different light…
…Acceptance of what you thought was… is not all that actually is… is the key in propelling yourself forward down the line.