In this age of constant stimulation and an always on the go mentality, it can be hard to slow down and smell the proverbial roses. We have written about different sources of motivation to get out and go paddleboarding before. And it is great to have that motivation to get out on the water when we might not otherwise go, but it doesn’t always mean that we are completely present when we are out there. Sometimes it’s about logging miles, or paddling for an hour or two or four, or paddling to get to that island, etc. There are a lot of times when the basic beauty of being out on the water, connecting to nature, listening to the sounds, smelling the smells, and feeling the breeze on our faces gets lost on us.
Standup paddleboarding is one of the most wonderful ways to connect to nature, but what happens when we can’t for a while? Some of us go a little crazy.
When things get in the way of doing what you love, be it weather, injury, illness, or life in general, it’s time to go back to basics, take the opportunities when they present themselves, and appreciate them even more. One of the most satisfying paddles I have ever been on was the first day back after having foot surgery. I had been off of the water for just over a month, and that paddle was only about 20 min, but it was with such pure intention and profound gratitude for just being out there that it had real significance.
When you are very driven, goal oriented, and stubborn (let’s face it, most of us are to at least some degree), it’s easy to get caught up in the goals and miss out on the journey. In this regard injuries and illnesses can be a sort of blessing. It’s hard to slow down, and it’s very frustrating when you are used to being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want. A forced slow down can be a great opportunity to reconnect with the reasons you started paddleboarding in the first place. It can be a chance to find a new way to connect to nature and exercise, or maybe you just need to take a break, heal, and regroup. This time away should make your return that much sweeter.
Rushing back after a long break will probably just land you on the sidelines again. So take it slowly and rediscover that connection that initially drew you to the water. When we strip down our activities to bare bones, we start to rediscover the little things. By being super focused on the goal, we risk missing the journey. And after all, isn’t the journey what life’s all about?
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