The transition from spring to summer. The transition from here to there. The transition from one paddle stroke to the next. The transition from laying to standing.
The most enduring times, are those of transition. They require dedication, perseverance, and heightened awareness. They require focused attention, willingness to change, and openness to cross uncomfortable thresholds. Many times, transitions rattle us, because we’ve become comfy in our ways. They force us to take a step back, to adjust, and then continue on. The aftermath though, provides the individual with a set of skills that didn’t exist before. An awareness that one never knew possible.
For the surfer, the transitions are crucial. The moment of shifting from laying to standing, harnesses the highest amount of risk for falling. Yet, is the one and only doorway to the joy of surfing. As a beginner, after the wave is caught, he or she goes gliding towards the beach, but that’s the easy part. It’s when the hands plant, the toes tuck, and the pop-up begins… that’s when things become shaky. Too much weight to one side or the other, equates with a “plop” into the water. This notion continues, until the individual’s awareness is heightened, adjustments are made, and a smooth transition aligns. The smiles enliven after that, after that threshold is concord- the board being felt beneath bare feet. Because what once seemed impossible, becomes automatic.
Then the cycle begins again, with a slightly different feeling, if we so allow. Once we observe the patterns of transition- we can become familiar with it, acknowledge it, accept it for what it is. It is out of this acceptance, that courage rises, and one is able to develop the next maneuver.
So what if we can remind ourselves of this? What if we can be our own cheerleaders and coaches- prompting ourselves that the transitions are temporary, that they lead to conscious development, and therefore improve our lives…