Finding Inspiration, Finding yourself by “Living Like Jay”

Finding Inspiration: Sometimes inspiration finds you when you least expect it.

Watching a Saturday afternoon movie, I never thought some of the things we’ve talked about would come full circle.  Seeing the images of the Santa Cruz coastline through the lens of a fifteen year-old boy who discovers his passion and pursuit of happiness.  It doesn’t seem long ago, we talked about finding your passion and discovering what makes you happy.

The movie culminates at the end of Feb/late March event that brings Jay Moriarity to face his ‘moment of truth.’  A moment in which he realizes ‘fear’ is good as long as you know what it is you’re afraid of.  You should live each moment going to the edge, it’s the only way you can discover who you can become.  Moriarity died a day before his 23rd birthday on June 15, 2001, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of the island Lohifushi in the Maldives, drowning in an apparent diving accident. In Lohifushi for anO’Neill photo shoot, he went free-diving alone but was not seen after.  Jay’s life may have been cut short, but no one lived life to the fullest or with more passion.

Be Patient: Time will make you better, harden skills and before you know it, you’re there.

The character of ‘Frosty’ played by Gerard Butler talked about the four pillars, being physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  It wasn’t long ago, we came across these pillars as what allow you to achieve growth (if you replace the spiritual for social.)  So, here we are..describing our feelings at post 32 or 33 to whoever will listen, finding our flow.. Much of what we’ve accomplished of building an infrastructure, developing relationships and developing a mobile app.  We’re trying to see the world through the lens of a 15 year-old, undeterred by fate or fortune.  We’re laying a foundation to find happiness, your happiness.

Locals can deliver collective intelligence on what’s great about their communities and help you to share and inspire us to “be local” as well.  This may all seem a bit nebulous right now as we’re still developing.  We’re taking an ‘iterative approach’  which can time consuming, but extremely rewarding.  I believe it’s the only way to achieve the best results and right kind of ‘success.’   We’re going to focus our efforts on people who are focused on growing their passions and personal interests and as a by-product exude ‘healthy’ lifestyles.  If I were to have known of the waves at Half Moon Bay, it wouldn’t have been long before you saw me there.  Now, that I know, I’ll be keeping an eye on the telly for the “The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational,” an annual big wave surfing event, part of the Big Wave World Tour.

Exercise your Mind and Body: I can’t think of a better exercise, than to watch ‘Chasing Mavericks.’

The movie sums up the intent of our what’s4.me app in soo many ways.  Seeing the world through the eyes of a fearless teen, who are as passionate as they are naive about the trials and setbacks that come with life.  That’s the beauty of youth, as you older, you get beat down by the discouraging moments in life.  Jay knew the rocky coastline of Santa Cruz better than anyone.  He researched and wrote long form essays to help ‘fill in the gaps.’’  With a few pointers from a veteran(mentor), he built a valuable friendship and became an accomplished swimmer, paddler, diver, and fisherman.

It is inevitable.

Live Life: So live in this moment.

Find out what makes you happy and pursue it, even if you’re only able to take a few moments a day to reflect.  Become a goal seeker and then pass on what you’ve learned.  In order to grow, you have to paddle, or how’s the song go?  You have to put one foot in front of the other!   Do your research, spend the time at events and activities that interest you.

Take what you’ve learned and apply to real life and share.

We’d love to hear what activity, program, meetup or community your passionate about, so maybe we’ll find out something new about ourselves.

Find what Interest you: Whatever your passion is, “Live Like Jay”

Chasing Mavericks is the inspirational true story of real life surfing phenom Jay Moriarity (played by newcomer Jonny Weston). When 15-year-old Jay discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is not only real, but exists just miles from his Santa Cruz home, he enlists the help of local legend Frosty Hesson (played by Gerard Butler) to train him to survive it. As Jay and Frosty embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a unique friendship that transforms both their lives, and their quest to tame Mavericks becomes about far more than surfing.

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The Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational is an annual big wave surfing event, part of the Big Wave World Tour. Held at Mavericks, it is one of the most respected big wave contests in the world. The contest is held between the months of November 1–March 1, depending on conditions. By invitation-only, the contest attracts the famous big wave surfers from all over the world. Invitees are given 48 hours notice before the contest is held. Known as “The Jay,” the event’s name is inspired by the famous annual Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay, commonly known as “The Eddie.” Moriarity also has an annual paddleboard race in his memory, the annual Jay Moriarity Paddle Race in Santa Cruz, from New Brighton Beach to Pleasure Point and back.

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