Riding the Waves of Life

Ride the Waves of lifeIt’s been a very tough month!  I’ve lost a close friend, my brother and I have been ill for most of the month.  So I’ve been indulging in some ‘self pity’, something I really hate doing, but you know what?  Life can be too hard sometimes!

My cousin gave me a quote and reading it I realised it really does sum up life in general.

Life is like the ocean, waves will never stop coming…but you can choose which ones to ride.  Seize the moment & make it amazing!

Riding the Waves of Life

Waves will continue in life, they are never ending. Sometimes they are gentle waves, lapping the shore and we feel happy and contented dabbling our toes in the water.  Life is good and sometimes we can get complacent and not really appreciate all the good that we have in our lives.

Other waves are angry and large and we feel we will certainly drown.

However, we do have a choice – we can go under and drown or we can try again and ride the waves of life making the best of what we have at any given time.

Sometimes, life is too hard and we get dumped by the tidal wave.  That’s OK – sometimes we just have to go under and when we surface we are stronger, braver and have the self belief of – Yes I can!

We can use this new found strength, courage and self belief to be more prepared when the next tidal wave hits.  Believe me, it will – life is not perfect but you can make sure that when the next tidal wave hits you CAN and WILL survive.

Life is not perfect but you can make sure that when the next tidal wave hits you WILL survive.Click To Tweet

Like the surfer learning to ride the waves, each time they are dumped and fall off the board, they hop back on and keep trying – that is the secret – NEVER GIVE UP!

When the waves of life are gentle, enjoy them, appreciate the moment and just be.  Enjoy the experience and make beautiful memories to help you through the tidal waves.

When the waves of life are gentle, enjoy them, appreciate the moment and just be.Click To Tweet

If you keep trying and never give up, when you do succeed and ride the big waves with confidence you can ride them with enthusiasm and a zest for life!  You choose the HERE and NOW and celebrate your achievements.  In doing so you will certainly have an amazing ride.

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72 thoughts on “Riding the Waves of Life

  1. [email protected]

    my mum says “up…..and over” when she talks about life’s waves – where you let it carry you up and then wash over and away. My catch cry is “I am a leaf on the wind” but it’s just like you say – life will always have waves (big and small) and we need to learn to ride them and let them teach us how to be strong. Lovely post Sue and I hope you’re starting to feel better.

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    1. sue Post author

      Thanks Leanne. Time heals all as they say but last month was particularly challenging. I have a great life but also acknowledge that sometimes we will get dumped – as long as we get back on the board that is the main thing. Have a lovely week!

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  2. Debbie

    So beautiful, Sue!
    You have all the right to feel, to grieve. There’s no need to put more pressure on yourself than you already have.
    I’m glad you are being able to cope with things and looking ahead with hope.
    Wishing you a beautiful day!

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Debbie! Yes, I’m not one to dwell for too long but sometimes you just have to grieve and let the time pass. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day yourself!

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  3. Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet

    Life definitely throws some curve balls, you just have to keep going. Sometimes hard times make us appreciate the simple times even more. My husband was really ill for the first 5 years of our marriage, we almost lost him and things were really difficult for us. We made it through, and now we look back on those times and see how much stronger it made us as individuals and in our marriage. Thanks for sharing your great words. Stopping by from #blogboosterparty! Have a blessed day!

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh Alexis you and your husband have certainly had your share of ‘tidal waves’ and I’m so happy that they are all behind you both now. Adversity does make you stronger even though at the time you don’t think you can do it. You dig deep and your inner strength shines through. Thank you so much for stopping by to comment and good wishes to you and your husband for the future. Have a wonderful week!

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  4. Kyles @ Pickles and Pords

    It takes a very special type of person who, in the midst of their own grief and suffering, is able to consider how their experiences and perspective might be able to help others. This is such a wonderful post and that quote is an excellent one to live by. Thank you so much for sharing your insights. I hope there are plenty of gentle waves for you on the horizon. #fridayreflections

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Kyles for stopping by to comment. It has been tough but I think we all have that inner strength that we might have to dig deep for sometimes but usually we can find it when we need it. I’m so happy you enjoyed the post and have a lovely day!

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Tracey for stopping by to comment and I’m glad that you felt inspired with my post. Have a lovely day!

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Karina! I’m touched that you found my post inspirational. It can be hard but we all have an inner strength – sometimes it is just a little harder to find. Have a lovely week and hope you stop by again!

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you Mary it has been hard but I’m not one to dwell so I’ve had my ‘feeling sorry for myself’ stage and I’m ready to get back to living and appreciating my life. Thanks for stopping by to comment I value your opinion.

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Terri! It wasn’t until I actually started to write the post that the metaphor of waves and water actually came to me. I must have had a moment of inspiration LOL:) Thank you for your kind words and stopping by to comment. Have a lovely weekend.

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  5. Janine

    Sorry for your losses Sue. I haven’t reached out to you as Ive been going through my seemingly never-ending personal shit storm, but that’s life! You are right. The waves ebb and flow, sometimes more violently, sometimes gently lapping at our feet, but we can and will survive and come out stronger or wiser on the other side.

    Hugs to you xx

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Janine and you also have had enough on your plate at the moment. Yes we can dig deep to find that inner strength when we need to, although sometimes are harder than others. Thank you for your hugs and stopping by to comment and I hope life becomes a little gentler for you soon.

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  6. Wendy

    Sue, you are beautiful. Inside and out. So are your words. You have had a rough month, but you keep showing up. I love the wave metaphor. Hold on, the gentle, lapping waves are coming, my friend.

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Wendy for your kind words you certainly have brought a smile to my face. I’ve had my self pity moment and I’m not one to dwell for too long. I’ve realised life is too short so I have to make the most of every day. Thank you for stopping by and also for your friendship.

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  7. Mackenzie Glanville

    Thank you so much for your continued support with #fridayreflections even though you have been going through so much, you still write such amazing and inspirational posts. I particularly love that you shared this quote, I had never thought about life in terms of waves, but gosh it is so true isn’t it! I know you have been struggling lately and loosing some self belief, but don’t apologise for being down or as you say self pity, we all go there, we all feel sorry for ourselves. Even the most inspiring people have been there, in fact it is usually why they seem so wise. Life is sometimes too hard, it is OK to say that. It is OK to cry, to get angry, yell, even fall into a heap. But we do get back up, we do fight back! And often we do become stronger. Keep running, keep writing, and belief in yourself will come back. Much love

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words Mackenzie. I love the #FridayReflections group and you are so so supportive. It is hard sometimes to not feel down and lose your self-belief but as long as we can come back stronger and more determined then it is okay to fall down occasionally. I do so enjoy your posts and writing and I have met some lovely people through blogging who I can call as friends. Thank you again and have a great week! Love and hugs to you xx

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  8. Michele

    I am sorry you had to go through a difficult time. Your strength and perseverence will get you through. The tough times make the sweet times all the more sweet.

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    1. sue Post author

      They certainly do Michele, even though at the time we don’t think anything will ever get better. Thank you for stopping by to comment and have a lovely week!

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Katie yes sometimes it is hard but we do get through it. Have a lovely week and thanks for stopping by to comment.

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  9. Monica Bruno

    Hi Sue, I’m so sorry for your recent losses. It’s funny how life unfolds, sometimes it’s so cruel and hard to understand. But, you do need to give yourself time to heal. These are big losses. Just know, as I’m sure you do, you will be happy again, you will heal and feel joy again. Sending you lots of love from Austin, TX.

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    1. sue Post author

      Hi Monica, yes life is not always easy and I know that we all have our trials to bear. We can get through it though with love and support. Thank you for your supportive words I really appreciate them. Have a lovely day!

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  10. Charlotte

    Love this! So motivational, my dad has just started running (at almost 60) he’s been planning to do it for years and finally decided too! He’s showing everyone that just because you’re getting older doesnt mean you should count him out just yet! Thanks for Sharing #mg

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh good for him Charlotte! I started running at 50 and ran my first full marathon at 55! Life is what you make it and he certainly is taking all life has to give – inspirational! Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great day!

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  11. Holly Waterfall

    Gosh, I am so sorry for your loss, but I really admire your ability to inspire others in this hard wave of life. It can definitely be difficult to allow ourselves to ride the wave when often we just want to resist it so badly!
    Here’s to positive healing.

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh thank you Holly! I admit it isn’t easy to be up and motivated all the time but we can’t focus on the doom and gloom either. I love your thought positive healing – it says it all. Thank you for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day!

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  12. Barbara Bianchi

    So sorry for the loss of your brother and your friend. Your cousin seems to have found just the right words to comfort you. I love the metaphor. So encouraging. Thank you for sharing from your heart. 🙂

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you Barbara! My cousin is a very special lady and always knows just the right thing to say or do. I’m glad you enjoyed my post and thank you for stopping by to comment. Have a lovely day!

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  13. Kaitlyn

    Sue, I have been praying for you these past few weeks. I’m so sorry you’ve had such a rough time. :/ I wish I lived closer to you and could be there for you more. Do you use any link shorterners in your click ot tweets? I had to rearrange slightly when I tweeted them as they were slightly over count!

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you Kaitlyn for your thoughts and prayers which I truly appreciate. I wish you lived closer too! Thanks for the note about click to tweet I’ll fix it up. Thank you again for your lovely words of support and have a great day!

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  14. Life Loving

    Lovely metaphors here. Hell yes. Grab a surf-board and hang on for dear life, knowing one day soon you can just float along. Sorry to hear this month has been tough. I hope for nicer days for you.

    Sally @ Life Loving
    #LifeLovingLinkie

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes I was pretty happy with the metaphor which suddenly came to me as I started to write the blog post! Life will get better again – it always does we just have to get back on the board and ride. Have a lovely day and see you next week!

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  15. pat

    Sue,
    So sorry to hear about the rough time you’ve been going through… I’ll be praying for you, and sending {{hugs}}… Hope this is good news:
    Just wanted you to know I’ve nominated you for the Blogging Recognition Award. It’s a simple way to let you know how much I value your writing and work – think of it as a virtual pat on the back…
    It’s not mandatory that you participate but if you do I’ld love to see the post. (It’s actually pretty easy and fun to put together!) Your nomination is here: http://patandcandy.com/blogger-recognition-award-news/ and it’ll be live a little after midnight Eastern (US) time tomorrow (Thursday 11/12)!

    Keep writing…and hoping things get better for you…

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh you don’t know how I needed your comment Pat! Yes life has been tough and when it is you start to doubt yourself. I’ve been close to stopping my blog as I thought I didn’t really have anything to say that hadn’t already been said. Your comment has certainly lifted my self confidence and spirits. Thank you for your nomination which I greatly appreciate and I’ll look out for your post tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by with your beautiful comments and exciting news! Have a lovely week!

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh great! Thanks Kathleen you’ve made my day! Always love linking up with you. Have a great weekend and see you at the Party!

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  16. Daniela

    What a beautiful article, Sue. I am so sorry for your losses, and it takes a truly strong woman to be able to ride those waves – especially when they get really rough like yours have been recently. You are an inspiration to me. Keep on surfing!

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    1. sue Post author

      Oh how lovely of you Daniela you have made me feel so good about myself. I have to say that you and the Cupcakers have helped even though I haven’t been as active I’ve been following comments and it is great to be part of such a supportive group. I’m hopping back on that surfboard!

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  17. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Sue, take your time. You need it. So does your heart and mind. Breathe, pray, remember, cry. It all helps. If someone was worth loving they are worth grieving, love gives so much to us, but it hurts sometimes. I am so sorry for your loss, and I’ve been thinking of you! xx

    Thanks for sharing the quote. So choose the waves that you wish to ride, let the rest lull you with their rhythm. Perhaps you can pretend you are laying on a beach with the sun beating down, warming you, while you sip on your umbrella cocktail!!

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    1. sue Post author

      Yes it is hard for me to take time out but I’ve found that we have our home at the beach that we retreated to and am starting to mend my heart, mind and body. Thank you so much for your kind words of support. I consider you my friend. Have a lovely weekend and yes sipping on an umbrella cocktail would certainly help!

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    1. sue Post author

      Thank you dear Kirsten. I am starting to find my way back and of course spending time with my darling grandson provides such joyous moments it is hard not to feel good. Thank you for your lovely words and enjoy your week 🙂

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  18. [email protected]

    Doubt and discouragement are Satan’s favorite weapons of choice Sue. I pray you and your brother are doing better. We must put on the Armor of God each day to fight of those attacks. Thank you for the opportunity to share each week I hope this is some help and encouragement. God bless you and yours!

    http://pleasingtothepotter.com/putting-on-the-full-armor-of-god-everyday/

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  19. Chellie

    Sue, I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Your posts continue to inspire and motivate me. Thank you for sharing this with us at From the Archives Friday! I hope to see you back next week!!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Hi Chellie, yes it was not a good time in life but that happens to us all. We need to focus on all that we have and live life to the full each day. Thank you for the opportunity to link up at From the Archives Friday.

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  20. Sheeva

    a beautiful post! I had a yoga teacher one time that used to a surfing analogy to demonstrate a point about life. She said that you never hear a surfer complain “well if the wave had done XX I would have done XX,” the surfer just surfs based on the wave. They don’t try and change the wave or force anything, they just ride what is given to them. I think if we all did that outside of the ocean and off of the yoga mat we would be a little bit happier each day. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Thank you for sharing your experience and analogy Sheeva. I like your comment ‘they don’t try to change the wave or force anything’. You are right it would be great if we could all think this way about daily life. Thank you so much for stopping by to comment and have a lovely day.

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    1. Sue Loncaric Post author

      Exactly Kayla even though sometimes we don’t think we can get through it – we can! Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day!

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  21. Charlotte

    Such a difficult time to remember but also a source of great learning and understanding about appreciating life! Thanks for sharing in light of your loss and inspiring people to carry on against all obstacles. xx

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  22. Margaretha Montagu

    Choosing which wave to ride makes a lot of sense to me. Because we DO have a choice, even though it sometimes feel as we are being tossed around like an anchorless boat on a violent sea. Thanks for this, Sue, very inspiring.

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