y weekends are normally pretty relaxed. I’ll catch up on my sleep, binge watch Netflix, and I’ll buy groceries. This past weekend, I woke up at noon and planned on sitting my bottom on the couch all day long only willing to move to refill my drink. I got a phone call from my friend asking if I wanted to go sailing with her and her dad, and I threw my swimsuit on faster than you read this sentence.
Sailing never really struck me as exciting or adventurous. Well, I was sadly mistaken. I spent over eight straight hours on that sailboat, and it was hands down the most relaxing, exciting and peaceful thing I have ever done. I’m now obsessed with sailing and I want to share the excitement with you.
There’s just something about it. You can’t go very fast, but you don’t really notice how slow you’re really going. In fact, I thought we were cruising on by before looking at the speedometer.
My friend’s dad taught me how to sail, and that was amazing. It’s so simple yet delicate. The boat moves so slow that when you turn the wheel, you have to wait a few seconds before the boat actually begins to move in that direction. It was nothing like a car or a bike. There is also a long list of vocabulary words that go on with sailing. Everything has a funny name; there are even names for turning right or left. It’s all a very complex system with many hidden rules, but it’s a lot of fun to learn.
I love water and I love being completely submerged in its presence. So to be sitting on top of the water, getting to see the waves and hear them go by was the most relaxing thing I had ever done. There were times where I would be sitting on the boat and two hours would have passed by without me taking my eyes off the water or moving a muscle. I swear, my bottom hurts from staying so still. It was so tranquil, peaceful and mesmerizing. I could’ve lived on that boat.
I encourage you to take any chance you have to go sailing. I don’t think anyone can hate it or not appreciate the beauty of it. If you need to unwind and be calm, go sail. I know that’s a lot easier said than done, but just do your best. Here at Oklahoma State, we have a sailing club. This club will teach you all the things you want to know about sailing and you even get to race other school’s clubs. The man who taught me to sail was a member of the team when he went to school at OSU, and his son eventually became the club president. If you go to OSU and you want to sail, but you don’t have the luxury of owning a boat or you don’t know anyone with one, I encourage you to join the sailing club. I promise you will not regret it.