Life Is Like The Ocean Filled With Waves of Opportunity

Michael Thunder Phillips
Sep 8 · 4 min read

Get Your Life Going By Catching Some Waves

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I have been going through some heavy stuff lately. But, I know the most important thing to do is to always get back up, and keep on going. The world never stops. Your world never stops until you do. One thing that is always constant in coming and going are the waves of the ocean. Thinking about that inspired me to write the poem I posted earlier, Go Find Your Wave.

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Originally from the beautiful Jersey Shore, I frequented the beaches there a lot as a child. Something I always find peaceful to this day is the sound of the crashing ocean waves. Especially at night, or the early hours of the morning when the beaches are empty and the seagulls are off bothering somewhere else. It’s very calming. But, during the day, and depending on the weather and time of year, you could see complete chaos from all of the tourists crowding your beach. But that is how a typical beach town is. Beautiful summer days are packed from the locals to the wannabe seasonal locals. We may or may not have called them Benny’s. Winter days are much quieter, but a frigid ocean breeze isn’t always fun. But, to me, that will always be home.

But, what I really wanted to write about is just that. Life is just one big ocean filled with lots of wave, and you need to go catch some. People come, and people go. Opportunities come and opportunities go. Roadblocks in life come, and they also go. Shit happens, shit goes. Old doors close, but new doors open. Many things are constantly happening that have a give and take feeling to them. And like waves impacted by the tides and weather patterns, their intensity or quality varies depending on so many factors. That makes each opportunity different and unique, much like the ebb and flow of each passing wave of the ocean.

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When opportunity is ripe, the sun is shining bright, and the waves are good, you’ll see a lot of surfers out there from all skill levels looking for action. If there are too many they will be bumping into each other. When the tides are too high or too low, or the weather is too calm, you won’t see anybody picking at the opportunity because the waves are no good. Think about how crazy it is to see guys out there surfing as a storm is approaching? You have got to be a little crazy, definitely a risk taker. But, you also have to be skilled. Not just skilled, but very confident in your skills. Otherwise, you put yourself at a greater risk of something bad happening. But, gnarly guys do gnarly things, like Sebastian Steudtner earlier this year. The ocean is beautiful, and she can make heroes out of these guys. But, she is also dangerous and can swallow you whole.

Opportunities in your life can be dangerous as well. And, as the saying goes, “the greater the risk, the greater the reward.” It doesn’t always depend on your skills and abilities, your drive to succeed, or your willingness to take risks. Sometimes you ride that wave all the way to the end. Then what? Are you prepared for what is next? Sometimes your wave breaks early and you wipe out. Can you get back up and paddle out for the next wave? Sometimes you wipe out bad, and it is harder to get back up. What, then? Nothing lasts forever. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can pick yourself back up, get back on your board, and paddle back out to find your next wave.

I know it’s not always that easy, though. Sometimes, you crash so hard it shakes you. Maybe it knocks the wind out of you. It can be a very scary situation to be in, especially when in the panic you struggle to tell which way is up and which way is down. So, sometimes you have to recognize you can’t just get back up on your board and paddle back out there right away for your next wave. You need a break. You need to get back out of the water and separate yourself. Take that break, catch your breath, get your head right. How many times have you rushed into something too fast and it didn’t go well? Often we are too headstrong and overlook when our body is telling us to step away from something.

Your mental psyche and physical health are important. The ocean in all of her beauty can really spook you. Sometimes you need to rethink life, your values, and the way you approach it. Maybe you need to improve on your skills and train more. Maybe you need different tools, like a different board. Maybe you need a different apparatus, like a kayak or a boogie board, or to go somewhere else and try another beach. But, the world is your ocean. What are you going to do with it? Thanks for reading!

Surf’s up! Enjoy listening to two legends.

Michael Thunder Phillips

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Waves & Tidings — Sharing is caring. Be cool man. I like writing, creating, building, reading, smashing, music, drums, blowing bubbles, ADHDing, & being a dad.

Michael Thunder Phillips

Written by

Waves & Tidings — Sharing is caring. Be cool man. I like writing, creating, building, reading, smashing, music, drums, blowing bubbles, ADHDing, & being a dad.

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