Writer's Club: March
Not sure if anyone here is a surfer here - I came to surfing super late. I was 21 before I got on a board, and I was terrified. I was scared of the unknown (aka the ocean, the tumbling waves, and being stuck underwater). But I was also terrified of looking like I didn’t know what I was doing, and to be honest - I was terrified that I would suck.
Newsflash: when you first learn to surf, you will fall. And you will definitely look like you don’t know what you’re doing, because you don’t. Yet. Over the last 6 years, I have had to learn about humility and patience (two skills I wasn’t too good at growing up) - because Mother Nature doesn’t wait for you; you have to get in line and ride by her rules.
The other day, I was scrolling on Instagram and I caught sight of a photo of Hannah Hill. Hannah is a beyond rad surfer from Oregon who Ally and I met while we were in Panama on YTT. Hannah had just turned 18 and was working at Sansara on the surf team. PSA: She SHREDS. We would watch her slide on her longboard in absolute awe. So there was this picture of her - and the caption read: “just look where you wanna go”.
It’s the most simple instruction in surfing, but it’s really works. So my journal prompt to you is this:
Where do you want to go? And have you been looking towards it, or have you been turning your gaze away because you’re afraid that you’re going fail?
You say: but what if I fall?
We say: but what if you fly?
Right now at Girlvana HQ (global offices in NYC + LDN, aka our respective apartments), we’ve been listening to The Japanese House who has a dope new album out called Good At Falling. Apt, huh? Take a listen to Cool Blue. It’s an oldie but a goodie.
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