Above photo taken by Steve Domjan at the Bowl. Thank you Steve, you could have been sailing you

  • Above photo taken by Steve Domjan at the Bowl. Thank you Steve, you could have been sailing yourself instead of taking photos of me.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

All of yourself

I haven't actually taken a “vacation” since 2011. That was for Windsurfing Magazines “Board Test”. Prior to that I took a week off for my cousin Kriss’s wedding back in 05. That is unfortunately, the nature of my work in this economy.

Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t take my share of days off here and there... And I certainly duck out early for a sail, or surf. But I have not pulled the cord, and  disconnected from my work for more than a few days since 1990.

How do I know that? Well I got married to my wife in 1990. We went windsurfing in a time and place where you weren’t connected to the office via cell or smart phone. We took two weeks. By the second week, I actually felt the change that is supposed to occur during a vacation, I relaxed. I took an actual vacation from my life, my day to day stress. I may have even stopped worrying for a short while.

But that was then...and this is now. In order to survive, I take mini vacations. I try to engage in activities where I don’t have time to think. 

On the water: thinking is bad. You just do. You just react. 

When I go to the water it has to be just her and me. I owe her my full attention. She deserves it. She has earned it,[even if I haven't]. I must give all of myself.

The smartphone is locked away. That problem can; should; must wait. It’s only an hour or two. These moments are for us. I need them; to remember; to learn from; to recall, and relive. Soon my vacation will be over. I will be bombarded once again with the endless noise and static that is modern life.

First up: Arroyo Laguna,  Kevin Pritchard, Graham Ezzy bring us Tourists of The Sea - Episode One.

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Then Holly Beck Obermeyer teaches us there is no down time, and we can always surf something.