Constantly changing and never under our control, the ocean requires every surfer to learn fast how to read its changes and to move with them or to calmly obey its greater forces.

While the moods and motions of the ocean may be challenging, it’s a challenge surfers relish and delight in, as each surf brings a deeper understanding of both the ocean and the surfer’s own ability to work with whatever it has in store.

The rewards for persevering? An incredible, sensational experience of catching the wave that’s just right and proving to oneself that great things can be achieved with effort, awareness, and determination.

Life’s a lot like the ocean. It heaves up unexpected waves, tosses us about, and drags us under at times. Equally, life also gives us the sweetest moments akin to catching the right wave, serving as a reward for our efforts, calculated risks and for following our awe.

Like the ocean, life is a flow and the less we try to control the world around us, the more we learn to work with what we have, the more attuned we are to leading a fulfilling and mindful life.

Whether or not you’re a surfer, there’s a lot to be gained by seeing life in the same manner as a surfer views the ocean.