Falling is the last thing he is thinking of!

Maybe George Michael was right. We gotta have faith!

Sometimes I embark on some adventures that may seem a bit loony.

I remember standing in a line of people watching a 7 foot shark swimming slowly along the beach. When he was a good distance away, I slowly ENTERED the water. Why? Because the water was fairly clear and sharks in August are plentiful at my beach. The shark was not aggressive. He was just looking for some fish along the trench.

Was I apprehensive? Of course! No one wants to be physically harmed. However, the feeling I had told me that I would make it home minus a trip to the emergency room.

Blind Faith

I am sure when a stunt man does something that many feel would be crazy; he feels apprehension and maybe even some fear. It would be foolish to set up a tight rope at 11:00 and at 11:45 jump straight on to it and try to cross a ravine. Just like it would be foolish to meet a person at the bus stop who informs you they are “The Master of the Universe” and you walk them across the street to sign your deed over to them along with your money. Faith is not about blind acceptance.

Faith means having doubts. Faith means being nervous. Faith means being informed. Faith means making decisions. Faith means after doubting, preparing, and studying; you then believe you are capable of doing something that might seem not correct on the outside.

Faith means that while everyone is paddling out to escape; you hear that inner voice that tells you to turn around because you can do it. You believe in yourself. Your training. Your equipment. Your knowledge.

Then you go!

Committed! Photo: English

Committed! Photo: English


About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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6 Responses to Faith

  1. Jessica says:

    Being without faith is like being without hope! You gotta have it! (Though I really think you’re crazy for getting in there with that shark!)

  2. Reblogged this on Forget the Viagra, Pass Me a Carrot and commented:
    A new blog I am following this week and one that had me laughing immediately. Not from the words in the blog but the little video clip of a chimp who would rather negotiate a rocking rope hand hold than the safety of the wooden struts. (Another adrenaline junkie) Just for the sheer fun of it! The words in the blog are just as thought provoking. Faith is something we struggle with unless we have complete faith in ourselves first. I know that some may think that is not the right way around. But even faith in God is dependent on the strength of your trust in your own belief system. Great blog and I shall continue to enjoy I am sure.

  3. gina4star says:

    Wow, that’s pretty awesome! I have to admit, I read the first paragraph and thought “this guy is crazy.” 😛 Having faith in oneself is one of the hardest things to achieve (at least for me) but oh so necessary on oh so many occassions! Love this!

  4. janstring says:

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head where faith is concerned! 🙂

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