“Waterman” is a term that gets thrown around a lot. It’s not a rank or a title but it is a lifestyle beyond riding waves. It’s an identity for water sports addicts, people who push their limits beyond the average — athletes who are open-minded, courageous and thrive in the ocean.
But how does one become so connected to this massive and vital element of nature — the ocean?
The ocean is a part of who we are. We emerged from the water and evolved inland, and somewhere along the line, we forgot about our origins. Some of us still have a strong link to it, but some have lost that connection.
For me, the ocean is a source of energy and power. It calms my mind and I recharge near it. When I’m in the water, I experience joy and contentment. I share this because I know there are many people who would describe their connection to the sea in the very same way. And research seems to support this idea.
It has been reported that people who are in contact with the ocean have better mental and physical health. Living near the sea has been associated with lower rates of depression. An analysis by the Economic and Social Research Institute in Ireland revealed that coastal dwellers aged 50 and over living with ocean views have lower depression rates compared to the rest of the population. And in Wallace J. Nichols’ Blue Mind, Nichols explains in great detail how water inspires happiness and satisfaction with life and how we can establish this link to benefit our health.
But again, we ask the question: how does one nurture this connection and strengthen what I call a “waterman’s mindset?”
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