Aquahol for stress management







I’ve decided to start surfing today.  But why?  Could it be that Yudai Tadaki came all the way to Sri Lanka to try to save the world and is bored?  Living in a developing country, meeting new people, working with water aren’t good enough for him anymore?  Not exactly, but not too far off either.  My job description has gone from “analyzing drinking water for possible causes of kidney disease” to “General Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Failure in Sri Lanka.”  Even though I don’t know the first thing about epidemiology, I still think there is lots I can do and contribute here.  There’s at least no shortage of things I can try.  That is not the problem.  The problem has to do with the disappointment and frustration that comes when things I try don’t go well.

Until now, I had hockey and skiing to deal with these stresses.  The healing effects of give-and-go one-timers past a goalie, or cruising down the side of a mountain at 100 km/hr are greater than any amount of alcohol or prozac.  This is the first time in over 20 years I don’t have access to an ice rink or ski slopes.  But this is also the first time I have access to beautiful beaches, with consistent waves.  I’ll make the best of it and try to fill the void of ice and snow with sand and sun!  I feel better already!


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