In response to today’s daily post, I decided to re-blog photos of my first times trying difficult leisure pastimes, stand-up paddling (not that difficult) and windsurfing (VERY difficult).
The first time we try something can be fraught with failure and frustration, and therefore easy to give up. When I tried windsurfing for the first time, I wanted to prove to myself and my then new boyfriend (now husband) that I could succeed at this. After all, I was a swimmer in high school and college, AND the Aquatics Director of a public leisure organization, so I must be a natural at this new water sport! Oh, I had visions of being a superstar on the water…NOT! Windsurfing has such a ridiculously slow learning curve, and I would have given up had it not been for my new windsurfer friends encouraging me and my overly-competitive nature. Plus the new wet suit he had bought me still needed breaking in.
Enjoy your first time trying something new. Regardless of any frustrations or fear, the rewards for trying, pushing yourself and accomplishing anything new are vast and everlasting!
There is nothing quite as satisfying as accomplishing a difficult sport for the first time! Even more of a triumph when you start these sports at age 50! Do not let age or other barriers stop you from trying something new!
Both of these shots were edited in picmonkey. I cropped and warmed the SUP photo, then deepened the contrast. In the windsurfing photo. I pulled out most of the color except for the red of my shorts and sail, and deepened the contrast and exposure. This really shows how rough the water is due to the tide and the wind and gives the shipwrecked boat behind me a darker, brooding look.
Cheers to Photography 101 for teaching us these easy techniques!