It’s the time of year when I escape whenever I can to get on my stand up paddle board. Now, I’m not an official ambassador or anything for the sport (yet…ahem, hello potential sponsors, allow me to introduce myself…), but I love to be standing on my paddle board. Here’s what I tell myself to justify the time it takes to do it.
- I need to practice my floating headstand.
- I’d like to be greeted by the fish who leap out of the water to say hi to me.
- Because I can handle more wind than I once thought.
- To notice the turkey vultures and eagles soaring overhead reminding me that there are other ways for me to fly.
- To replenish my depleted vitamin D.
- It’s sometimes nice to be out of cell phone range.
- Because in not trying to think, figure something out, or produce something, when I’m paddling, I often do.
- There’s a chance I might get surrounded by butterflies again.
- I have no concern for my appearance when paddling.
- I don’t need anyone else to do it, but it’s great with company too.
- Since I stopped going to church, it’s where I most feel awe and reverence.
- The only cost involved is the gas to get there.
- I catch myself smiling when I’m paddling.
- I’m not competing for anything.
- If I can fall in love with the murky waters of Kansas lakes, then I know anything is possible.
- Because I want to and knowing what you really want is not as easy as it sounds.
- Because there will come a day when I can’t go and it’s not today.
Maybe I’ll see you on the water?