Ramblings about my paddling experiences and my journey to becoming a river advocate

July 2018
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Another Aspect of Preparing for Paddle Georgia
Filed under: Paddle Georgia
Posted by: @ 6:39 pm

  I would like to discuss another aspect of preparing for Paddle Georgia that does not involve equipment.  This is the art of  trying to disengage yourself from the world as you know it. I think this is the hardest part of the preparation.  In a world that’s going extremely fast you will have to step into the slow lane.  Your job will go from what it is today to waking up with one basic objective, to get on the river and paddle until you get to the takeout.  I recognize that not everyone reading this will be employed so your perspective will no doubt be different than mine.  I am fortunate to have a means to support my family that has so far weathered the storm of our turbulent economy.  This is not to say I have not been impacted by downsizing, consolidation and cost containment, I surely have.  Companies continuously strive to do more with less human resources and for those in this situation there is an endless stream of new tasks and responsibilities with little end in sight.  My way of dealing with this is to ensure that I never stop striving for balance between work, family and leisure time.  This is never achieved completely but I think one must always be mindful of this.  When I sent my boys off to college my last discussion with each of them was my infamous “balance” talk. In their case we talked about the balance between getting an education and being on your own for the first time in your life and everything that comes along with that….. nuff said..  I think I got through to them, I was pleased to see the following on my son Will’s Facebook page recently:

So this week I will be frantically trying to balance my life so that I can jump from the bullet train that is work and after rolling through the weeds a bit come to an abrupt halt staring up at the sky and all the awesome things that our natural world offers.  It takes a few days to adjust but I will quickly fall into the rhythm of my paddle hitting the water and easy conversation with people who have also made the adjustment in their own way.

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