I spent a few days at the cable park this week. Working on becoming a total badass, of course. And I’m a few steps closer today. What I didn’t expect was to learn some serious life lessons.
While I was trying to work up the nerve to do a 3 on the funbox (English translation to come), I was given a piece of advice that I’ve been mulling over for days. I’ve found myself repeating these words to others in the context of life, work, and relationships. If only they knew where I’d heard it!
“You have all of the skills you need. The only thing you’re missing is confidence. You can do it. Be confident and go for it!”
I believe we all arrive at a point in our lives where we begin to truly know and understand ourselves. Where we notice our tendencies, are more aware of our actions, and have the capability to reflect on them, assess ourselves, and alter course when needed.
I took a much-needed road trip through Yosemite National Park this week to figure out some stuff, and had the good fortune to be driving through this mindblowingly beautiful part of the world at sunset. I’m happy to share these photos and some thoughts on the journey.
I recently found myself on a boat cruising the San Francisco Bay with some of the most inspired and creative people I have ever met. I couldn’t believe how in alignment that experience was with who I am as a person.
I did a values exercise recently in an effort to understand what I want and need in life. The purpose of this exercise – which I highly recommend you do – is to gain clarity and knowledge on what’s important to me. To guide my choices and shape my future. Here’s a link if you’d like to give it a go.
Inspiration came in right at the top. My fuel. I’m constantly searching for more. Without it, I am not myself. Inspiration is mission critical. Close behind was connnection, simplicity, creativity, and discovery. This knowledge is power. And I’m constantly finding myself surrounded by people that share the same values. Wild.
There is nothing more fun than working on design projects that I have a personal connection to. LUISCRUZKITE.com was one of them.
There’s a Dominican kitesurfer in Cabarete that I’ve gotten to know over the past year. His name is Luis Alberto Cruz, and he might be one of the best freestyle kiteboarders in the world… But he is virtually unknown by the rest of the kiting community!
Let me be the first to admit that I got worked in Cape Town. Worked like a crash test dummy being smashed into walls of water over and over again.
I remember that first session at Kite Beach in Bloubergstrand. I pumped up my smallest kite, rigged my lines, and tried in vain to squash the nerves building inside me. As I realized what kind of power I would have to hold down, I wondered if I was out of my depth as I was involuntarily being dragged towards the water by 30-something knots of thinly veiled fury. If I wasn’t in a mild state of panic the whole time, it would have been funny.
How would I describe the kiting conditions in Cape Town? The first word that comes to mind is extreme. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Honestly, some of the sessions were absolute punishment. But… I can’t even tell you how extraordinarily good the adrenaline rush is.