The indomitable spirit of youth endures, even on days when we feel it the least. Witnessing it outside of ourselves, brings it back to life within us. Like a shock to the spiritual heart, the flat-line beeps once, then again, returning to the rhythm that is our individual beat on Life's Path.
It just so happened recently that my path crossed this band of boys. One challenging the wild surf with dauntless resolve. Younger friends split between joining his stand or running for their lives. As with most groups, regardless of age, there exists at least one to document, one to observe.
Watching these boys reminded me of the forces of nature as related to the choices of free will, to align with or oppose; to actively participate or receptively witness; to feel youthful or old. The choices of our lives shape our responses to the forces around us, and thereby shape the way our spirit manifests in the world.
Where does a person choose to stand their ground, whether for good cause or pure pride? When does a person decide to join with a group, or make their own way? How do we consciously design the process of becoming the best of ourselves?
In embracing the spirits of both youth and maturity, in embodying both the forces of alignment and opposition, intuiting whether to participate actively or through observation leads the way from the wholeness of a balanced centerpoint. Moving from center of ourselves counterbalances the outer forces we contort ourselves around.
Our youthful spirit lives in conjunction with our ever-aging physical hearts, and the choices in our ageless minds to intentionally engage. Our life paths traverse inward and outward between worldly reality and the stories we tell ourselves.
The "Lost Boys of Neverland" live to tell another tale, of crashing waves and grand adventures, and I a tale of youth enduring and life unfolding.