Shark or Skateboarder – which are you?

Recently I read a true story  (read the story in the link) about a blind individual who worked on one of the top floors of the World Trade Center.  The building shook, and he reached out for his service dog with the command “ Forward “.  Forward is the first command service dogs learn,  and that was the theme of blind author.  No matter what you are dealing with, even in the heat, and stifling gas fumed stairwells walking, and standing in dozens of stairwells you need to go forward to grow, to survive, to achieve.

So what has that got to do with sharks and skateboarders?

I think I’ve always been told that sharks need to keep swimming to live, something about their gills or lack of lungs. That makes think that there is a parallel for me, and possibly for you.

During our lives for the first decades we are pushed to move forward by our parents, by schools, by our education and careers but at some point those pressures diminish, and stop.

At that point we have a choice, we keep moving forward because we want to keep growing, to keep learning, to keep from being stagnant, all kinds of reasons OR we coast, much like a skateboarder.

Funny thing about skateboarders though, they coast downhill, only.

So that is my question for you dear reader, are you going forward like a shark, learning, and growing, challenging and avoiding brain atrophy; Yes?

cricket in hammockThe alternative is that you have taken a break, and allowed yourself to coast for awhile like a skateboarder.  That’s cool, it’s nice to coast for awhile.

But healthier I think if we don’t stay coasting indefinitely.

Shark or Skateboarder – swimming or coasting?  Is it time for a change?

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” Henry Ford

Thanks for reading!,  I appreciate your comments and suggestions. 🙂 

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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5 Responses to Shark or Skateboarder – which are you?

  1. beingwoke says:

    I really appreciate this analogy. I think at the moment I am a shark – even more true considering I’m working in the corporate world. But I know I can’t keep going at this pace and perhaps would like to be a skateboarder in a few years, just for a short time – to catch my breath. Humans don’t die if we keep coast and I’d like to take advantage of that!


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Thanks for your comment, pacing must be the key, I hope you find the balance and read and comment on other posts of mine. I especially like the favorite category and the post about regrets. It made me more mindful. Have a good day.

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  2. ken folstad''' says:

    Was kind of wondering if you had quit writing as I had not seen one in a while. Regarding coasting, I thought that when we retired we could start to coast a bit more, could not have been more wrong, or else we have slowed down enough that we just think we work as much as before, I will think on that question as soon as I find time. Take care Dave. Ken


  3. ken folstad''' says:

    I thought that I would become more of a ‘coaster’ once we fully retired, however we seem to be busier now than before retiring. Whether that that is true or not is a question I will have to think about, as soon as I find the time.
    Take care Dave.

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