Remember the first days of school when you were prompted by the teacher to introduce yourself and give some basic details of who you are? I’m pretty sure that those were the most dreaded times for everyone.
From little we are constantly asked to define who we are; what’s our name, where we are from, and of course- “what” we want to be. I have recited answers to these questions over and over again. It is safe to assume that the pressure of finding our place in society is a grueling reality that we are all faced with from a very young age. Learning to kitesurf has offered me an opportunity to take a break from these questions and the insatiable search for “good enough” answers. It has shown me that although we join the societal rat race, it is important to find the time to add positive experiences to our lives. Kicking back and doing something you love is not a sin!
Learning to kitesurf in Barbados has opened my eyes to the beauty of island life from different vantage points. Being born in Barbados and growing up on the island of Margarita, Venezuela gave me a lifestyle where I was always surrounded by water. I was introduced to kitesurfing three years ago, but only started practicing the sport consistently over the course of the last year and a half. Kitesurfing on turquoise waters amidst sea turtles, and regularly meeting people from all over the world are a couple of the things that kitesurfing in Barbados has introduced to my pre-established island life.
I invite you to think about where you are now, who you have become so far, and to try to remember if it is an answer that you had pitched at a younger age. This is definitely not the case for me. I never saw myself chasing the wind and spending every spare minute kitesurfing. The thought hadn’t crossed my mind that I would practice a sport that I would get so addicted to that my addiction to chocolate would become secondary. The process of learning to kitesurf in Barbados has added value to my life in many ways. It has been a challenging ride that has motivated me to pursue experiences that I wouldn’t have contemplated before.
If I was asked today who I am, I wouldn’t bat an eyelid before saying that I am a kitesurfer. I am not defined by my career in a corporate world, but rather by a philosophy of life founded on positive outlooks, guided by kindness and molded by the capability to embrace change.
Join me on the water and let’s promote this amazing sport!