We’re proud to introduce our first House Guest to our blog. We’ve shared lots of things that inspire us lately. Now, Friends of HOC will get a chance to share their inspirations as well.
First up is Scott Morey (because we don’t have enough Scotts around here). Mr. Morey is Sr. Vice President at General Growth Properties with over two decades of retail and real estate experience, including positions in Europe and Africa.
PHOTOS: 1. My mother in Hawaii in the late 1970s – to me it represents the culture and joy that comes with surfing.
2. This photo by a good friend of mine and professional photographer in Hawaii, Jim Russi, captures a moment of pure commitment and focus.
3. This shot of the famous “Pipeline” in Hawaii shows the pure beauty and power of waves.
In my youth, and my perceived youth at 48 years old, I consider myself to be a surfer at the very core. Not a web surfer, but the type that goes out on a floating “plank” in an attempt to catch and ride waves. I started surfing at 8 years old, and remember vividly the first wave I caught. Today I can remember specific waves from 1983 in California or 1997 in Hawaii but somehow I still manage to forget my own kids’ birthdays. My whole life has been spent around either trying to get to a beach to surf or not leaving one. Even today living in Chicago I go to the gym at 5am every day so that the few times a year I can go surfing I am ready. I know it is an odd life.
I don’t know anyone on the planet that doesn’t find beauty and solace in waves. Today I am a surfer to the core as a result of how it shaped and inspired me.
Imagine lying down on your stomach surrounded by waves so large an 18 wheeler could fit inside. When the surf is that big you basically follow three rules. Rule 1: When you choose to catch a wave, you have to stay committed to catching that wave no matter what. If halfway into catching the wave you panic and decide to pull out, you’re likely to experience something called going over the falls, doing a rag doll or tomb stoning. None of those are good experiences. So if decide to go, go. Rule 2: Never look down. You don’t want to know how far you can fall from where you are. It is scary when the bottom of the wave is 15, 20 or 25 feet down. There is no value in looking down, so don’t. Rule 3: Never look back into the wave. What you see is this giant smashing lip destroying everything in its path. It will look like it will eat you and you may never come back.
So if you can’t hesitate, can’t look down or back, then what can you do? What you do is focus 100% on where you want to go. There is no greater joy than choosing one’s path and achieving it. Pushing yourself both mentally and physically so much so that in the end you realize you are much stronger and capable than you ever thought. To me it is why we are here. Why we live life. It isn’t about catching a wave, but it is about catching the wave we call life no matter how daunting it may be at times.