Posted by: shatteringsamskaras | February 17, 2015

Surfing the Wave

If you knew a big wave was going to hit, does it seem safer to climb into a big, concrete building? Or does it seem safer to go out to meet the wave with only a piece of fiberglass that’s just a little bigger than you are?

The traditional route is like climbing into a big concrete building. You’re relying on a structure created by someone else, possibly a long time ago, to protect you. It’s what we’re taught– listen to the rules, do what other people expect and tell you. Check out this video from a Tsunami to see how that worked out…

It seems pretty safe at first. The water comes in more slowly than I think of a wave moving…but then it keeps coming. And keeps coming. And washes away cars. And then buildings.

In contrast, check out this guy, out in the middle of the ocean with just a surfboard just a little bigger than he is, and a friend in a boat (which he used to get further out into the ocean than he could have gone alone).

What the guy in the second video is doing takes a lot of guts and a fair amount of skill. But it’s working. And damn if it doesn’t look like a lot of fun.

The waves are coming. With the emergence of new economic, cultural, technological, and even ecological patterns showing up on our planet, there’s an argument to be made that they’re pretty big waves these days. You can run back to the “safe” structures of tradition, and try and fit yourself into other people’s structures. Or you can rely on your skill and your guts and brave the ocean (with someone in that boat to help you get where you’re going…a coach, maybe?). It might be scarier, but it sure looks like a lot more fun, don’t you think?

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