I tell most people that I moved out to southern California for grad school but really the surf was calling me. Grad school sounds like a much more reasonable explanation for traversing across the country to a place I knew no one. But I paddled out into the waves before I even started classes.
As the Olympics came to a close I reflected on the captivation it holds for so many of us in every corner of the world. Every couple of years we tune in to witness extraordinary feats of the human body. We marvel at the Michael Phelps. We delight in the tiny gymnasts flying through the air higher than anyone in the NBA. Our mouths drop watching Usain Bolt “jog” to the finish line as the world’s fastest.