Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Another lawyer gone surfing...

After my post yesterday about the Washington DC lawyer slowly giving up his job to follow his dreams, I was sent today by the Editor of Blawg Review a link to a post at FourHourWorkWeek entitled How to Surf Life: Attorney Turned Surf Guru. It describes the story of Hans Keeling who gave up his high-flying job as a lawyer in Los Angeles after having tried surfing on a visit to Brazil in 2004. He returned from that trip and immediately handed in his three-week notice. He then moved to the tropical paradise of Florianopolis, Brazil and set up a premier surf-adventure company called Nexus Surf. The article concludes:

"These days, he often sees his former self in the under-joyed and overworked professionals he takes out on the waves. Waiting for the swell, the true emotions come out: “God, I wish I could do what you do.” His reply is always the same: “You can.”

The setting sun reflects off the surface of the water, providing a zen-like setting for a message he knows is true: it’s not giving up to put your current path on indefinite pause. He could pick up his law career exactly where he left off if he wanted to, but that is the furthest thing from his mind.
As they paddle back to shore after an awesome session, his clients get a hold of themselves and regain their composure. They set foot on shore, and reality sinks its fangs in: “I would, but I can’t really throw it all away.”

He has to laugh."

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