Tomorrow’s the last day of 2013 and as I sit in front of my computer after a long rainy day on the island, it makes me think on everything I’ve done those past 12 months. When I look at myself in the mirror, I see a completely different person than a year ago. I know she has travelled a lot, I know she’s made some wise and unwise choices, I know she had some absolutely amazing moments in her life and some really bad ones too. And I know she came out of the bad ones as a winner and picked up the pieces and made something really good out of them and I think I am a little bit proud of her. This girl in the mirror is stronger and wiser and, most importantly, one year later she is still doing what she loves the most in the whole world and she has people who recognised her passion and decided to support her in it. I don’t know if she’s a better person, it’s not like I can be a judge of that, but even if she is not, I really hope she’s close to becoming one.
It’s pretty funny to think that this year has started and is gonna end on Boracay. I’ve been to many amazing places, but this is the only one that captured a part of me big enough to force me to come back. I don’t really know what is it because I have seen islands more beautiful than this one, with clearer water, tastier food, better weather… and still, this is the one that I couldn’t get out of my mind. Interesting how these things turn out sometimes 🙂
Our life here is still magic, with enough work, surf and partying to keep us all entertained. Some days are lazy and some, like yesterday, are crazy busy, but all in all it’s good. I might be simply easy to please, but as long as I have enough time to squeeze a small freestyle sesh in or just go and play in the waves on the reef, I am happy. People were telling me in the past that I shouldn’t put so much effort and money into kitesurfing because, just like any other hobby, it will pass. But when you get in there with your kite and you know you can go anywhere and do anything and you’re free and it’s only you you you and years later you still want to scream with joy every time you hear the sound of waves, this is not something that will pass. This is a part of you and even if you wanted, you can’t just cut yourself open and get rid of it. And I still get called silly sometimes when I try to explain it to people, but I also know that every person who has found their true passion in life understands how it feels.
And so, I’d like to wish you all a happy New Year. If you already have something you love the most, I wish you enough courage and determination to pursue it no matter what. And if you haven’t found it yet, I hope 2014 will be the year when you do 🙂 I’d also like to thank my sponsors – Cabrinha, Sklep 24surf.pl, Evokaii and GoPro – for having my back this year. Knowing that there is someone who thinks I am worth supporting is amazing, it makes me push myself even when I think I can’t do it, so thank you 🙂
Until next year and may wind be with you!