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R.C. Gerstad: A Barefooting Lesson I Learned

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I remember the first time my dad took me out to barefoot. He had my neighbor drive the boat for him so he could show me how to start. He had the driver speed the boat up to about 35 mph and then he climbed out of the boat and landed on his feet. Then he got back in the boat and asked me if I had any questions. Now, at this time I was a scrawny little 7 year old boy who had never skied faster then maybe 18 mph. I looked at my dad and asked if there was any other way…

To this day, I still look back at that time. That was the day that I found a sport that could be very rewarding. However, like any other reward, there are risks involved. These risks are what drive us to become better.

It is amazing how those little risks and rebound that we take in barefooting can transfer into our day to day lives. Especially, when you are faced with a new situation. Often I find myself thinking, “This will be nothing in comparison to the time that I…” It some how always relates to barefooting and it really is nice to know that barefooting has taught me this:

“It’s not about the number of times you fall trying to do something, but the decision to get back up and try again.”

By:  R.C. Gerstad