Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Resolutions and Commitment Go Together

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Resolutions and Commitment Go Together

Article excerpt

IT'S that time of year when the spirit of Christmas is past and the spectre of the New Year is upon us. A time when you realise new year resolutions will be broken as quickly as the Christmas toys.

I know that at this time last year I was caught up in the idea of living the moment. To be able to enjoy the company of friends, family and colleagues. To sit on a deck and share some moments talking about life.

During the year I could not help but keep thinking about the book I read last summer. Stoked, by surfing legend Bob McTavish. It was about his wild and wonderful days growing up in Brisbane, learning to surf at Caloundra, returning to Sydney to work in those early surfboard factories and then their amazing journeys up to Noosa.

What McTavish did in his book was fill in the dots, in not only my life but so many others who had followed their adventures.

It inspired my first surfing holiday north. Warm water, fiery sunsets and virtually untouched waves.

With these glowing reports in his mind a good mate Matt Ryan decided to leave his job and make his way up the east coast. Months later he came back with stories of driving up the North Shore beach to Double Island Point, of sleeping among the sand dunes and surfing all day by himself. He even brought back stories of sea snakes and seeing the sharks following the runs of mullet.

What happened to those days? Matt never came back to work. Instead he carved out a career in the surf industry, eventually setting up his own surf shop and factory on Phillip Island off Victoria's southern coastline. We keep in touch. His kids now run the shop, leaving him to those big, thick, cold waves that march in fresh from the Antarctic.

It was the same with McTavish. His life has been an amazing journey. Reading his book, it was easy to connect with his life. I could see the places, know the emotions, even smell those times. He just talked about the way he is. He is just himself, moving through his life and yet it is the journey of all of us.

It's about running to life, not away from it. So I'm going to make sure to remember life is a journey, that I make contributions that create goodwill. …

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