We’ve spent the last week in Coolum Beach in Queensland and enjoyed some easy living up here. The beach is right at our doorstep and the weather is still very inviting (we’ve had a few raindrops here and there but hey, we’re close to winter now). Especially when travelling or coming into a new environment I’m more motivated to do something out of my comfort zone and challenge myself a bit. So I thought: “Yep, time to jump in the water and get myself on a surfboard again.” It’s been a while. The last time I’ve tried it was last September in Bali and I can’t even remember the time before that.
Challenge yourself and learn a new skill
So off we went early in the morning to rent a (big) surfboard for me and when we got down to the beach my boyfriend patiently explained the basics again. He also had me dry-jump my surfboard to see whether I was quick enough to stand up. After a few times he seemed pleased with what I thought was a rather awkward stance but he was happy, which made me happy.
From the time I hit the water until I sat down exhaustedly but very pleased with myself I swallowed a lot of water, slipped off my board more times than I could count, even managed to entangle my front foot in the leg rope while trying to find some balance and on top of it I got washed around by some powerful waves. BUT I also managed to stand up a couple of times and was pleased to be able to implement some things my boyfriend taught me throughout our little lesson. I was shivering but couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. I made some progress (only very little but still!) and I was already looking forward to getting in the water again. Forgotten were my frozen little toe and my scratched knees. I felt on top of the world.
Get out of your comfort zone
Whether you decide to learn a new language, try a different sport or look for a novel hobby - the feeling is priceless when you challenge yourself and you succeed, even if you only manage to improve yourself a little bit. Everything counts. And if you have a bad day and you feel like you’re failing, don't worry! Just taking some time out of your day to try something new will make you feel rejuvenated. Just go for it!