Wednesday, December 15, 2010

When is it too cold?

The surf here in NJ was as good as it gets this past Monday.
Waves were overhead, the wind was offshore, and despite the
relative cold (air in the mid 30's) those of us who surfed won't
be soon forgetting the day. How can you forget big, spitting
barrels with relatively empty line-ups?

Unfortunately an "arctic blast" has taken over much of the
eastern half of the country. Here in NJ by Tuesday we had
temperatures in the 20's with wind chills in the single digits.
Tuesday's surf wasn't bad at all, stomach high with offshore
winds. A few hard core souls were out braving the frigid wind chills.
The ocean temperature isn't horrible (upper 40's) but single
digit wind chills? Too cold for me. Maybe it's that I just returned
from almost 3 weeks in Puerto Rico and am going back in a month
or so. Maybe it's my advancing age? Maybe it's wisdom? Who
really knows. All I know is that it's too cold for me.

I have gotten to the place in my life where I know what I will
and will not do, what is acceptable and not acceptable.
I've become much more mindful and that's not a bad thing. Are you
doing what you want? Can you determine when it's too cold or when
something doesn't fit into your life's plan? Knowing is a great thing
in that it can guide your actions and help you get what you want in your life.

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