Growth is Intentional

Deciding to sail in Baja

 

Deciding to sail in BajaThere is nothing like a new year to inspire us to reflect on personal growth.

Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth. Bryant McGill

I haven’t posted anything about my windsurf journey in a while, so this seemed like a great time to demonstrate my growth in the sport of windsurfing. I have to push myself a little as I write this because this is one area of my leisure choices that is lacking.

In the above image of me in Baja, Mexico in January 2016, you can see the hesitation and uncertainty in my body language as I get set to tackle shore break waves slightly over my head. Sailing in the ocean is a scary proposition and I have used this same image with the Eleanor Roosevelt quote on several of my social media accounts.

Face your fears. Windsurfing in Baja, Mexico.

Because this does scare me even now!

But not willing to cringe from a challenge, I was photographed last summer on one of the windier days at the delta, sailing on a very small sail! The wind clocked at 25 mph!

Terri Sailing on a very windy day!

I had convinced myself that in these kinds of windy conditions, that I would get injured sailing this fast. Any experienced windsurfer will tell you that “water-time” is the only remedy for overcoming your fears, and when hubby set up a 3.7 meter sail (I normally sail on a 4.7 or 5.0 meter sail), I took the challenge and faced my fear.

And yes, I had a blast!

I was able to save the image above from a video taken by one of my windsurfer friends. Check it out:

Just the day before the video was taken of me, I used my new camera to take hundreds of photos of my fellow windsurfers as they braved the high winds.

Many of the ladies couldn’t use their own smaller sails because their husbands were using them! You can read more about this in this post: How the Delta Changed My Life

Using that camera in high winds and being able to capture some amazing footage in full zoom showed my growth as a photographer.

Trio of Sailors Windsurfing
Trio of Sailors Windsurfing

Often times, I get more pleasure out of photographing my windsurf colleagues than I do sailing.

I always seem to approach windsurfing with anxiousness and trepidation, even after eight seasons. But that day I went out in the high wind really challenged me and forced me to grow in the sport.

The rest of the summer, not so much, as the wind died on many summer weekends, then I had to deal with a sick dog, then a broken hand.

The best thing about reflecting at the beginning of the year is all that negativity is behind me and I really do look forward to the upcoming windsurf season!

Here’s to a summer of growth!

This is the first post of 2018 submitted for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge Growth

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36 Comments on “Growth is Intentional

  1. “Growth” is a great theme for photography and reflection. Part of me feels like you should keep growing in regards to windsurfing, but another part of me feels like it is not really your passion and you might want to use your leisure time more effectively and happily with photography… It does sound very exhilarating to be wind surfing in high – or above light – winds!! Cheers to a new year full of potential, growth and pristine beginnings.

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  2. What a great interpretation of the challenge, Terri. Many people, including me, struggled with this challenge but your growth in photography and writing has produced a great piece of writing and images. As I think I’ve told you before, water frightens me so I admire your determination to get over your fears of windsurfing.
    I hope this year is full of happy windsurfing days.

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  3. Windsurfing looks like such fun, Terri. I’ve water skied on rivers and lakes, but the ocean is a real challenge. Congratulations on facing your fear and doing it anyway! Wishing you a fabulous 2018, girlfriend 🙂 ❤

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  4. So much to think about in this post, Terri. Yes, you’ve grown in many ways, not letting numbers (like years, age, wind mph, or anything insignificant) hold you back from doing exactly what you want to do. I wish I had your courage, but just watching the activity is my thrill.

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  5. Holy cow! That is amazing! You are so STRONG! You must have conquered those fears, because you look confident and competent! I love that you push yourself to take on a great challenge! ~ Lynn

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  6. The quote on top is wonderful because we naturally avoid things that make us uncomfortable. So congratulations on facing this wind surfing challenge! You wove growth into this theme artfully.

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  8. Hi, Terri – Like your other commenters, I admire your determination and your bravery. I have a million ways of taking myself out of things that scare me (especially physical ones). I love that despite your fears, you accept the challenge….and have a blast!

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  9. You are brave to push yourself to wind surf, Terri. I would be much more comfortable taking photos of you but your photos are amazing, too! I like adventure and change, as long as it doesn’t involve outdoor activities. Haha! Here’s to 2018!

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  10. Terri I love your attitude. I am a big propoponent of continuous growth, but sometimes struggles with the braveness part of things. I am currently trying to perfect my flip turn in the pool, which is a small thing, but it challenges me. I used to do it effortlesssly. For years I wore my contact lenses with googles, while swimming. Contacts and flip turns are not a good match. Since I had eye surgery and no longer wear contacts, I realized I could do it once again. The first try scared me-what if I hit the wall and knock myself unconscious? Crazy fear, I know! I admire your bravery on the windsurfer!

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    • Ah, flipturns. Too many years of competitive swimming showed my share of bruises to heels and ego for over or under estimating the wall! The only fear I have really with windsurfing (well, two) is getting swept down river if the wind dies, or crashing onto my equipment. Or just tripping walking my gear to the beach 😉

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  11. A lovely post about growth, Terri. I am very interested in your windsurfing journey. It is not something I will ever have the opportunity to do so I am enjoying your learning experience.

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