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Ten Life Lessons Learned From Kayaking

A salute! as I near the end of a great season of paddling…some life lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Rally on the Shenango River in Pennsylvania
Rally on the Shenango River in Pennsylvania

1.  Respect the River, or it will remind you of your place in the universe.

2.  Prepare for the trip. You can’t bluff your way along.  Sooner or later you’ll be found out.

3.  When trouble comes, you can’t run home to Mom. You can’t quit. (There’s no exit.) You have to finish the trip. (Speaking from experience.)

4. Go with the flow. Understand the current and where it takes you.

5.  It’s true. Still waters really do run deep. They offer a respite from active water. But they are more work to paddle.

6.  Anticipate obstacles and plan ahead. If you hit them, they’re in charge.

7.  Be reminded how big the world is outside of you.   2013-09-14 13.16.03

8.  If disaster happens and you go over, your life jacket will intervene. Let your Protection and Safety work for you while you get yourself to shore. And Stay with the Boat. Stay with the Boat. Stay with the Boat.

9.  Experience is all fine and good, but stay humble. You don’t know it all.

10.  Yes, it’s risky.  But so is life.  So go ahead and dare, and have fun while you’re at it.

Kayaking
After capsizing, sans sunglasses (at the bottom of the river) Photo by Helene Dreisbach
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4 thoughts on “Ten Life Lessons Learned From Kayaking

  1. At a low and frustrationg job searching time of my life my Mom told me “Giving up is not an option” I will always remember that….it goes hand in hand with “you have to finish the trip.”

  2. I’m especially fond of “You have to finish the trip.” Reminds me of part of John 21:18: “…someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” But go we must, if we are true followers.

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