To kick off the month, I headed North to Pismo Beach, California. I needed to get away from the city but I didn’t feel like sleeping overnight anywhere so Pismo Beach was a great fit for my road trip. When I arrived right in the heart of the city I walked right out to the Pismo Beach Pier to get some fresh ocean air into my lungs. When I reached the edge of the pier, I spotted this lone surfer in the water. He was simply sitting on his board and facing the horizon. I don’t know how long he was out there for, but for as long as I was there he seemed to be waiting for the right wave to ride. So while enjoying the fresh air and the wonderful view, I watched and waited to see if he would catch a wave. He caught a wave or two, but it didn’t seem to be what he wanted. So he continued to swim out and stare at the horizon and wait.
Facing My Own Horizon
It’s that kind of determination and patience that I’ve always appreciated about athletes of any physical sport at most levels. I was an athlete myself when I was younger so I can relate to that kind of mentality. The “never quit” and “keep working” kind of attitude. I suppose it comes from the will of my Father and the fire of my Mother that gives me that kind of mentality and drive. I’ve always had this, but every now and then I do get knocked down. I am human after all. And in most cases I get back up without being fazed. I take my loss, learn from it, and work hard to improve. But sometimes I don’t get up so easily, and when that happens it helps to have some kind of reminder to inspire and motivate me to get back to my feet and face my own horizon. To get past the limits of my mind and experience and push for something more for myself. For something better.
Aside from the minimalist view of this scene, I suppose that’s another reason why I love this image on a personal level. To me this scene is a reminder of that fire and will that I’ve inherited from my parents. It reminds me to not give up and to keep swimming forward in order to improve myself in all aspects of life.