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Like Papa always said, “if you don’t fall you’re not trying hard enough”

Like Papa always said, “if you don’t fall, you’re not trying hard enough.”

While this was our water skiing mantra, I recently realized the freedom in this statement.

The goal is to push the edge enough to fall, to strive so greatly that new boundaries are created. That’s how I learned to water ski at all. Try hard enough and great enough that I fell… That’s how I learned to cross the wake, drop a ski, slalom, do a dock start, a deep water start and a shore start. Aim high enough to fall at the first attempt…and the second…and…

Because there comes a time when the thing that made us fall the first 3 times doesn’t make us fall anymore and we strive to fall in something new.

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