Last weekend Adventures of Sara & Jelly took us on a little weekend trip to my happy place, the coast.
Give me a beach view over a city view any day. To hear the waves crash against the shore is my inner peace, to smell the fresh sea salt air is my bliss and to walk barefoot with the sand falling in between my toes is my heaven!
If I could escape the hustle and bustle of Suburbia every weekend, I would be packed and out the door on Friday afternoon before you could say boo! However work schedules and social calendars don’t always permit.
Unfortunately this weekend was no exception. With a wedding in town and Jelly’s birthday to celebrate, I had to settled for the nearest coastline 20 minutes from home in St.Kilda, its no Victorian Great Ocean Road buy hey, I am not complaining.
We stayed in a cute little hotel on Fitzroy Street, The Urban Boutique Hotel St. Kilda. Bubbles upon arrival, a big double king bed that we could have lost each other in, a spa bath over looking a private garden view, a beautiful hot pink espresso machine and the most important part, complimentary passes to use The St. Kilda Sea Baths.
You see our hotel must be chosen with on important factor in mind, “what’s the gym like?” It doesn’t matter where we go, how many stars, or how great of a discount I manage to snap up, if the gym ain’t good, or dear I say there isn’t one I have to hear about it all weekend!
So I was clearly winning when he discovered that my chosen surprise destination meant he could spend Saturday morning working in an A class fitness centre, over looking the ocean!
Next stop on our birthday agenda…. Kite Surfing!
Looking back now I completely misjudged the expectations of a two hour lesson. Silly me assumed we were going to be riding the waves like a pros in no time. I am fit, strong and my dance and yoga trainer makes me an excellent candidate for sustainability, control and balance, why wouldn’t I be?
What the tittle of our lesson should have read; a two hour introduction to kite flying!
I am not sure about you, but my childhood certainly did not involve much kite flying, the only memories I have of it is Mary Poppins, Mr Banks and “Let’s go fly I kite, up where the air is bright, ” but how hard could it be right?
“ The trainer Kite,” 1a quarter of the size of the actually kite, was powerful enough to plunge me to my knees, face down, dragging me through the sand …twice!
To say I was embarrassed was an understatement. I mean who couldn’t fly a kite?
Fighting with the kite was no option; trust me you end up being the loser. You certainly couldn’t use your strength to beat the kite. Show the kite any sense of irritation or impatience and it would almost laugh in your face and send you plummeting to the floor.
I felt like I was witnessing a perfect interaction of yin and yang…gone completely wrong!
Clearly my foundation was far from sold or accurate.
The harder I worked to succeed, the more unnecessary force I created.
Our communication was cut.
Our dance broken.
No Yin and Yang., just a struggle for power.
It got me thinking about power.
What good is Power if you don’t have all the fundamental support elements behind it?
Is it really power at all?
Or is it just a preponderance of energy that can destroy?
The kite encompasses properties that are bright, active and fiery. Working effectively, it is a very powerful instrument, able to soar through the air, move life, move me.
However take a step back.
What is the objective of the kite?
As the kite drags me to the ground and pulls me through the sand, what proceeds almost seconds after?
The kite plummets to the ground too.
The oxford dictionary defines power “as the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behaviour of others or the course of events.”
True the kite most definitely influenced me but how was this effective?
In order for the kite’s true potential to be realised, the base line, the controller, me, has to be present, has to be giving, has to be connected.
An infinity loop: a constant exchange of energy.
I need you and you need me. We are all a combined entity that is powerful. One cannot to powerful without the other.
We often forget how important each player is. We forget that even though we may not be the head of our department, the director of a company, the principle performer or the team captain, does not mean we do not have the ability to create change or influence behaviours in others or ourselves.
We are all put on this earth as powerful creatures; it is what we do with it, how we interact with others, share our strengths, nurture each others weaknesses, that truly determines greatness.
The Yang cannot grow without the Yin.
One man cannot rule alone.
The kite is powerful because of you.