Have any of you watched the movie Soul Surfer?
It’s a movie about the real life experience of a young girl named Bethany Hamilton, who lives in Kauai, and had most of her arm bitten off by a shark while surfing on the island.
I’ve watched the movie several times since Whit’s brother in law gave it to us and I can’t seem to stop watching it. Why you ask? Well, of course it reminds me of my trips to Kauai and how much I want to go back, but mostly, it’s about Bethany’s passion for her sport and the ocean.
It amazes me how after just a month, she was back in the water on her surf board. I would have been terrified of sharks for sure! But it had been me, I would have been afraid of failure. But not Bethany, she ran on that beach and took on those waves like nothing had changed; all she had to do was adjust to her missing limb.
Her passion reminds me why and how I feel about what I do for the environment. Many people questioned me when I decided to become a field biologist, moving to the middle of no where, working and living with people I had never known. I contemplated my first job because I was afraid of what people would think and they would think I would fail at what I wanted to do. Some people thought I would end up coming home with my bags on my back, ready to hit the desk and sit around for 8 hours a day, making money to save up for my future.
But because I have this passion, the same kind that Bethany has for the surf she loves, I proved people wrong. I moved from place to place, going after every adventure with an open heart, enthusiasm and determination that many thought I never had. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you do what you really love to do.
What do you have a passion for? How did you show people that you do really do what you really loved?