I am a firm believer that you can achieve damn near anything you set your mind to. Not the kind of setting that leaves your brain on a shelf, unused and collecting dust, but the kind that sets your mind on fire with new possibilities and challenges. Focusing on a activity so intently is an exercise in mental problem solving and emotional balance. If you can get the fun to outweigh the fear, even by a little bit, your abilities become amplified. Flow state. Only when you are enjoying your time can you perform at your absolute peak. Your surroundings seem to encourage you in those moments. Other worldly light and amazing scenery boosts enjoyment, exponential increase of capacity. This is the reason we seek beautiful places to challenge ourselves. Wakeboarding was so incredibly beautiful and fun yesterday, that it reminded me of the power our moods have over our lives and our lines. Stay calm, have fun, seek beauty, challenge yourself, try hard every day.
Ari is a professional athlete, author and filmmaker living in Bend Oregon. He and his wife organize adventure travel trips around the globe.