This past summer I fulfilled one of my bucket list goals: learning to surf. I’ve always wanted to learn to surf. I grew up visiting the Florida and Alabama gulf coast, great for fishing, long walks, a good swim, and even body surfing, but not so good for board surfing. My two boys, Harris who is six, and Ridge, ten, were thrilled we were going to learn to surf while on vacation. My wife, Jill, and eighteen-year-old daughter, Dakotah, weren’t so excited. As you can see from the picture, it was a long day getting to vacation rental in Costa Rica, but well worth it.
We all signed up for surf lessons. The boys were, of course, naturals. In fact Harris road his first wave, some forty yards into shore. Ridge easily mastered surfing on the first day, getting up by himself routinely, wave after wave. Dakotah and Jill didn’t do as well, although both hung in there for the lesson and did, in fact, get up and ride some waves. As for yours truly, well, I’ll tell you this: It is much harder than it looks.
You’ll see a short video of me frantically paddling to get ahead of a very small wave and riding it in to shore.When you compare what I was doing to some of the surfers on the 10-foot giant swell, my efforts don’t look very significant. However, the size of the wave didn’t dampen the thrill of realizing my dream of riding a wave. I’d done it, and I was hooked. I spent the rest of the vacation taking lessons and surfing on a daily basis. Over the following days, long after my family abandoned me (hence no more videos), I kept returning to learn to ride bigger and bigger waves. It was exhausting and painful. Try paddling out forty to fifty yards, while getting pounded on by ten- to fourteen-foot waves.
I cut my chin hitting the bottom of the ocean floor, had the board smack me in the face so hard I thought my teeth would fall out, woke up each day so sore I could hardly get out of bed, and loved every minute of it. Sure, I mostly rode the white breakers and stayed clear of the monster waves, but nevertheless, I was surfing! Small waves and small successes each day, but I was doing it! And that’s how it is with health; it can be hard, even uncomfortable, but you have to learn to start somewhere. If you don’t, you won’t enjoy the benefits of feeling good — of enjoying life like it can be enjoyed. For me, that little wave was great!
One day I might be able to ride a 14-foot wave, but for now, I’m happy just learning. In terms of the right nutrition, it’s vital that my patients put their health journey into perspective so as to not get discouraged. Start by eating better, changing your diet, and adding meditation, prayer, and low-impact walking or stretching to your daily routine. Pretty soon you’ll be enjoying better health and will be able to take on larger waves, like losing weight and weaning off harmful medications as you learn more natural approaches in books and teleconferences.
Before you know it, you may be riding some waves yourself.
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