Have you ever surfed a wave - or at least body surfed on a boogie board? I'm a surfer wannabe!
Yesterday as I was gliding through my swimming pool, cherishing one last swim before closing the pool for the winter, I thought about surfers. How awesome it must feel to ride along the top of a wave, to "carve" (turning on a wave) or - the ultimate - to be in the barrel or "tube"! According to Surfer's Dictionary, "a barrel is where the wave is hollow when it is breaking. For some surfers, it's the 'be all and end all' of surfing."
Some of my favorite surfing pictures are of those taken of a surfer inside the tube. That spot can be exhilarating and frightening at the same time. That's the spot I find myself today. As I ride this unemployment wave, I've been baking gluten-free goodies and selling them at the local farmer's market. I knew I couldn't pay the bills with the income from the farmer's market, but I thought it would give me a good "feel" for the supply/demand of my local gluten-free community. As the has summer progressed, I've also contacted local stores and restaurants to request that they carry my gluten-free bread and cookies, and I've dreamed of riding even bigger waves.
Just like the churning and swirling energy and activity that takes place during the the swelling of a "bomb" wave (a really big wave), the anticipation of this new venture has my mind swirling. Some days I'm focused and staying on my "board", staying inside that tube, and other days my mind is going in so many directions, I crash into the wall of that tube and I wipe out. Some days the ride is exhilarating. Other days it is frightening... and other days it is frustrating and depressing.