With a pounding heart and eager mindset, I placed my paddle board into the water. It was the Spring of 2015 and was my first year of exploring the rivers of Colorado. I had been exploring the back country with my friend Matt and the Spring had finally arrived. Matt is an experienced river guide and an avid Stand Up Paddle boarder. The thoughts of “Can I do this?” and “What’s this all about?” reeled in my mind. It was time to lean into the discomfort and go with the flow. I was ready to be vulnerable and do something wholeheartedly that I couldn’t control the outcome of. There were new lessons to learn in my beginner mind and I found myself giving into the realization that I would not do this perfectly the first time. Paddle boarding requires that one enters a place of openness . It has proved to be the birthplace for new joy, creativity, belonging, and love. Being able to meet fellow river people has given me a connection that brings more purpose and direction to my life. I feel a deeper connection with Colorado in an entirely new way. I live in awe of the Rivers and the people in them. It has been my meditation and introduction to a new reality. When I look at the river, my actions become simple, fluid, kind, and fearless. I raise my gaze to the horizon and look to where I want to go. The rewards of this sport have forever sculpted my reality. Don’t fight the fall. Get right back on. Be grateful for the successes as well as for the opportunities to improve. They both have value. When on the river with others, create accountability, harmony,and goodwill.
Enjoying the Journey,