The wise words of Bob Marley took on a different meaning for me on Saturday. My BF had to repeat them over and over again while I knelt on the paddle board, refusing to budge from my perceived comfort zone. I’ve been out to SUP (stand up paddle board) many times. I’ve either refused to try at all or to rise to the occasion (preferred the kneeling position).
Well Saturday was different, the BF was determined. (I wish I could say I was the determined one.) He didn’t paddle off into the horizon as he likes to do, he stuck with me closer to shore but far enough out so I had enough depth for the inevitable fall (we’re talking basketball flop with a big splash).
He finally got me to stand up using a combination of cajoling, logic and a this is an order, not a request tone. Once I stood up, a funny thing happened. I realized life is much easier standing than kneeling. Yes, balancing on the board is harder but I could paddle, turn and control the board while standing which I couldn’t do when kneeling. At first my legs were shaking like crazy but once I told myself to get a grip and take a deep breath, the shaking stopped completely (psychosomatic, apparently).
I loved it! So much fun gliding thru the water and the water is gorgeous in Wailea, clean and clear, a beautiful blue green color. I did fall several times, when I relaxed my core or leaned back too much but got right back up. It’s official, I’m hooked, there’s no turning back now. Although I’ll stick to early morning flat no wave action, I’m still me, after all.