Beach Walk 573 – Deeply Oddly True

We watched an episode of The Iconoclasts last night with surfer Laird Hamilton and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder.

Both are celebrities of course, and they also are living their true natures, deeply and truly. What if permission isn’t required to be yourself? What if the part of us we think is the broken or odd part is actually the truest part? Food for thought for Monday.

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  1. like Laird its difficult to leave our comfort levels and face perceived adversity ……are our deep phobias/fears actually our passions?…….thats deep….that means I’ll have to start liking clowns…….ugh

  2. Thanks for this reflection, Roxy.

    I am finding that my father’s recent death is opening up space and permission for me on many levels. He was a major carrier, in my life, of the pressure to at least TRY TO APPEAR NORMAL!!! 🙂 Growing up in the midwest with a powerful, CEO father, as I know you did, made for a persistent and challenging pressure to conform to that world that he lived in and assumed was the only relevant, important, meaningful or safe way to go through life.

    Now that he has passed, I find a new space is opening up, quite without effort on my part. Something is reorienting in me, and my internal experience of my place in the world is shifting. I am already feeling more free to explore and express my eccentricity and unique way of being in this world, and sense that something very new is just beginning. At the heart of it is a new clarity that I have every right to fully claim and live what feels true and relevant and of value to me, just as my father did in his life.

    Thanks for marking the territory today, and for being my companion on the edge for so many years 🙂


  3. Just to tell you ALOHA!! and look foreward to seeing you soon. ME KE ALOHA ALANA

  4. @Bob from Canada – re: the clowns, I think the operative word is “deep” in Laird’s ruminations.

    @Shaina – your comments have helped inspire tomorrow’s show. Thank you. Oddly enough, our dads were such pioneers yet their children have various urges to conform. Good point!

    @Alana – where are you??? Hope you are coming back to the islands soon. :-*

  5. Richard from Boston says

    Nice to see an old friend looking so comfortable in such a beautiful setting. Brings a smile to my face.


  6. I have a slightly different take on why a person act one way in one environment and very different in another. This reminds me of a chat I had an old friend while in Western Australia and we were both talking about the many people who come to find themselves (my way of saying that they go a bit hippie); my point to him was that I knew where many of these people come from back in the UK, one came from a nearby town to me and I said that they may be able to be as they are with the hippie bells on in Western Australia, but could they replicate their ways, their attitudes and new found perspectives when thrown into a somewhat more challenging and confrontational environment eg. London? I know I have had a very similar challenge myself. As you say, being in the surf of Hawaii is one thing, but how do we cope with somewhere like Los Angeles?

    Perhaps we react differently in those environments because we can’t hold that consistency within ourselves.. or perhaps our bodies are screaming at us that we don’t belong there.


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