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There was once a man who became unstuck in the world.
He realized that he was not his car, he realized that he was not his job, he was not his phone, his desk or his shoes.
Like a boat cut from its anchor, he began to drift.

There was once a man who became unstuck in the world.
He took the wind for a map, he took the sky for a clock, and he set off with no destination.
He was never lost.

There once was a man who became unstuck in the world.
Instead of hooks or a net, he threw himself into the sea.
He was never thirsty.

There was once a man who became unstuck in the world.
With a Polaroid camera he made pictures of all the people he met – and then he gave all the pictures away.
He would never forget their faces.

There was once a man who became unstuck in the world, and each person he met became a little less stuck themselves.
He traveled only with himself and he was never alone.

There was once a man who’d become unstuck in the world, and he traveled around like a leaf in the wind until he reached the place where he started out.
His car, his job, his phone, his shoes – everything was right where he’d left it.
Nothing had changed, and yet he felt excited to have arrived here – as if this were the place he’d been going all along.

I’m not sure the proper title of this poem, or even who wrote it, but ever since I heard it while watching Castles in the Sky, it has stuck with me.  For anyone who has ever traveled, wanted to travel, or just let their mind wander away from their daily lives, this poem really hits home.

If you haven’t seen Castles in the Sky, I highly suggest you check it out.  Some great surfing from “non-traditional” surf destinations.  Here is the film trailer:

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