A bit of reflection on the Journey

Somewhere over the north pole - Finally after the first cancelled flight, I am in the plane to Beijing, I really am excited it’s 2008 and that is a special year for this trip as it’s my last to China before the games start.  Inside I am smiling ear to ear, for all my life I wanted to do two things, fall in love and fall in love twice.   The love of competition is where I am directing this: the foolish yet steady love I’ve always craved for like the childish crush you grow out of in the twenties.  I had big dreams to be that champion athlete, secretly plotting ways to do it in my many moves.  Well windsurfing turned into the outlet of this determination, and love for the competition.  The equipment is identical, the conditions always change, your opponent always changes, you have to be painfully fit and is endlessly complicated to apply.  But with love there is a time that your love gets crushed, this happened to me in 2004, losing the trials to be the lonely alternate. Too stubborn to quit until the task was completed. It took me till mid 2007 to discover that I’d recovered, I fell in love again with windsurfing…I haven’t been the same since.  Reigniting the fire of competition, and the love of the sport, when everyone around you says no, and you need to be like this and that.  Let me do a quick correction, be yourself, enjoy and love what you do, don’t do it because you have to, do it because you love to.  That bubbly passion should be ooozing from your veins now, that’s what my life is doing right now, living my dream and back in love with a sport that has taken me to over 35 countries, introduced me to my wife and thousands of friends all over the world.  And as the quote on the wall before you’d leave our apartment said, “throw off your boldness, set your sails, and dream, explore and discover.”  And while your at it give it 110% as I’d rather know how it feels to lose than to always wonder.  “Genius is a perceived thing, Greatness is the real thing.”  I’m going to attempt to be great, rise to the competitive occasion and love it every second, and savior every moment I can make of it with you.


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