Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Legions of the unjazzed"

Phil Edwards was, during the late 1960's, considered the
best surfer in the world. He rode waves with a style and
grace that influenced generations to follow. He also authored
the rare and much coveted book "You Should Have Been Here
An Hour Ago". If you do a little research you might even find
the 1967 Sports Illustrated with Edwards on the cover.

Occasionally we all come across a sentence, a phrase, or even
a song lyric that seems to imprint in our brains and sticks
with us popping up at seemingly unlikely times. For me "The
legions of the unjazzed" is one of those sentences. Edwards
used it to describe " the day-to-day people, the hackers..." who
are taking over... The uncounted millions...who go through life
without any sort of real, vibrant kick". The people I encounter
in my office who draw a blank stare when I ask them what
they are passionate about, what really excites them. No surprise
that these legions often suffer from depression, have lost touch
with the joy of life.

I'm writing this at my house here in Rincon Puerto Rico. I've been
coming to Rincon for decades. It is a place that is, not only
beautiful and has good surf, but is populated by people that
seem to know what excites them, that know what they are passionate
about. Not too many depressed people here.

Find and embrace your passion. If you can't remember what excites
you, by all means, find it!


6 comments:

EV said...

Thank you DR. for that stimulating artical, Some of the points you make are true, Some I would have to not agree, as its my own opinion.

Here Quoted from you: "I've been coming to Rincon for decades. It is a place that is, not only beautiful and has good surf, but is populated by people that seem to know what excites them, that know what they are passionate about. Not too many depressed people here."

The point I was making is that you have been coming down here for years, you do not live down here, as per the artical, I in fact live here all year long, so I see not only the tourists that are very happy and and not depressed, from being on vacation, would you be un-happy going on vacation..Depression comes after they get back from vacation. So as you can see I see the same thing you see: true I agree, happy go lucky people not depressed.


But on the down side, I also see the local(workers during tourist season) most cant make the money down here after the season. So they leave to go back to where they came from to do there thing back in the states.. Guess depressing that you cant make enough money to sustain your business to live out here full time so they are tourist season locals. I would be depressed if I ever have to leave this beautiful place that I call home.

Well, after the tourist come down here and after tourist season. Rincon is almost a ghost town, I think its great, and the locals that live down here yes they are fun loving people, but there are some if you were down here long enough to see for your self that many, many start drinking early in the am, they do a lot of drugs,and I dont want to disgrace Rincon, but it can be cleaned up from all this...depression.. I drive down streets they are disgusting, the mentality of some of the puerto ricans, I will never understand.. I think the sun baked them a little too long. Or remembering a song lyric: Jimmy Buffett--I guss the cosmic bakers took us out of the oven a little to early, guessing thats why were all as crazy as we are.. Sorry that might be another topic...

Villa Orleans said...

"Follow your bliss. Find where it is, and don't be afraid to follow it."

Joseph Campbell
The Power of Myth

EV said...

How are you..and you said it!! And I have found it here in Rincon, Some I would change, Most I wouldn't, guess that's why, I fell in love with this town, and make the most of it.. It is what it is! Love it or leave it.. and I'm Lovin' it...

Maria "Spunk" Brophy said...

I feel bad for people who have no passion. I often wonder about their purpose in life. Do they have a purpose? And is it to fill space, or is it something very small but important that we don't see? I ponder this often, actually. I consider myself fortunate that I am in love with so many things in life. And sometimes I still wonder if I'm boring...

Brian Donohue said...

I often have a similar phrase in my head, from Thoreau, who described men who "lead lives of quiet desperation." Edwards' version is cooler. I think I'll stick with that now. Shaka.

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