Writing Prompt 2.18.21

What is something you’ve always wanted to learn but have been too afraid to try?

Surfing. Surfing is one of the most impressive, beautiful sports in the world. Everything about it seems like it would completely take over the soul. The beauty of the surroundings, the ability to harness the power of the ocean for fun, the never ending potential for a new and different ride; everything about surfing seems awesome.

I’ve tried to pick it up a few times, and have kind of, sort of stood up a few times, but I wouldn’t call what I’ve done surfing out of respect for those that do surf. My biggest obstacle is that I don’t swim well, so there’s some difficulty in getting out to the surf able waves. There’s only so much you can do in the shore break that comes with 5ft high water.

I didn’t learn to swim until I was 11, so that ability to get into the water comfortably has never been there for me. From 11-14 I did make huge strides into getting into the water, and picked up boogie boarding and body surfing, but we moved right around the time that I was ready to learn how to surf. Fast forward 10 years with little to no swimming and I’m back to where I started, not really comfortable in the water.

There’s a billion reasons and excuses I could come up with for not learning how, but the key word in the question is afraid. But who knows, that one day I decide to conquer my fear could come sooner than later. After all, I’m only 30 min away from the beach.

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