A few years ago I dreamed that someday I would start each day with paddling on the ocean. But I thought to myself how ridiculous that was given my physical limitations, the difficulty of actually getting to the beach on a daily basis, the expense of procuring a boat, etc. It seemed…impossible, implausible, impractical. Undo-able.
But I was so wrong. Life continues to teach me that my impossible dreams are my tomorrow’s realities. It’s not to say that it doesn’t take a wicked amount of effort to make it so (and that there will be many disappointments along the way–I can tell you that this past year had so many of those moments when I was so ready to throw in the towel)…But this is just one more example to me of the importance of dreaming, of hoping, and of working hard to accomplish a goal.
I’ll never be the world’s best outrigger paddler, but I am getting better every day and having so much fun as I get stronger. What an amazing feeling it is to see the improvement and the increase in my confidence on the water.
Picture of Robin & I just after our La Jolla race–our first ever in a 2-man outrigger canoe. It was hard work, but what a great feeling when it was over and we knew what we’d accomplished!!