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Surfing at 40+ because it’s never too late to learn something new

Commencer le surf à 40 ans+

I’m a firm believer that it’s never too late to start anything you want in life. You can start over, each morning and do whatever you want.

I don’t define myself or what I want to do by my age.
I think it is how you feel in your own skin that matters…You can be a fit, healthy chick in your fifties and a couch potato in your twenties.
You can be cancer or depression survivor and then turn your life around in a matter of months.
My friend Vicky is the former. She recovered from cancer and is now a kick-ass fitness instructor in Gloucestershire and is impacting positively on the lives of many women. I even got inspired to start running again just by seeing her regular posts on Facebook.

Being comfortable with my agewrinkles and fine lines are one of my great achievements.

Yes, sometimes my skin is dry, some nights I drink too much, don’t sleep enough and look like hell but generally speaking, I’m OK with who I am and I credit this mostly to what I eat and the lifestyle changes I’ve made over the past four years.
I have still work to do to be comfortable with my kilos but that’s ok, we all have our hang-ups and having lost my dad only six months ago, I have decided to cut myself some slack for a while.

Nobody is perfect and I certainly don’t aspire to be perfect. I just want to feel good in my own skin and grow old gracefully and in good shape.

So today Mila and I are starting surfing lessons again. We had done it twice in Devon in the past and last year we did a week-long course in Cap-Breton.
I’m excited!
There are many health benefits but the thing I most enjoy about it is that it’s one thing we can do as a family and each time we did, we had lots of fun. 
This time, it’s a mother/daughter thing and I’m really looking forward to quality time with Mila.

I’m also very much looking forward to swearing when I have to put my wetsuit on and to more swearing when I have to carry my heavy board over 500 m (light, short surf boards are for pro, not beginners), to have wet hair so tangled that I will look like a wet poodle, to knock myself with my board, drink enough salted water to fill up a fish tank and be so tired that I won’t be able to lift my arm to grab a glass of water.

However, I know that eventually, all of this will lead me to a great feeling of achievement when I will be able to stand up and ride a wave again.

How are you feeling about getting old? About starting over? About starting something new? Excited, scared, worried?

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//Photography: Roxy Facer IG @roxface, wetsuit from Amuse Society

13 Comments

  1. Good for you, I would look forward to the swearing too :) Photos please.
    I’m learning to oil paint, it’s weird learning something totally new, it just hasn’t been part of my life since school, I love how it can take all your focus so for an hour or 2 you don’t think about what will be for dinner of having to walk the dog.
    I would love to learn to surf but couldn’t take the cold sea or Jaws based phobia in warmer seas!!

    • Good for you Kate! When I do DIY, I usually put the radio on and don’t think about anything…very relaxing too.

      I have a long way to go with surfing and no chance of seeing a shark at the mo’ :-)

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  5. Yay, you go Karine, agree with the old adage youre as old as you feel. Adopting good habits and eating well help lots, my journey mirrors yours in many ways. I did stand up paddle boarding last year and loved it so much, would like to have a go at surfing too :-):-)

    • we tried stand up paddle last year and I think I would be happy to do it again with a friend but alone, I think it’s pretty boring. You can take headphones in case you fall into the water so an hour on a paddle alone…not sure :-) but good for the core!

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