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Be who you are. Do what you love. And follow your heart.

A short reminder about the importance of happiness

Lena Katharina - 8th November 2016

Be who you are. Do what you love. And follow your heart.
A short reminder about the importance of happiness.

I am sitting down in the doctors lounge of our hospital to take a sip of my coffee. It´s my first break today and I start to feel my mental and physical tiredness. As I look around in the room, one of the female magazine covers catches my attention: „The ultimate guide to happiness in life“.
As a passionate Surfer and now young doctor I have spent a lot of time thinking about happiness in life. The perfect waves, the wipeouts, the orange sunsets, the laughters - Golden memories of a time that seems to be far away from where I am right now. In the middle of a nightshift somewhere in a small room in a hospital in Germany. Do I really want to be here now? 
Yes I do! Because I love my job, even if it is tiring. I love my job even if people are difficult and my work hours are crazy. But I need time to travel, surf and enjoy myself as well. The happiness I have inside me now is simply created  from all the beautiful moments  I experience during my trips, with my friends and family. And this affects how much positivity I can give to my patients and beloved ones even in their darkest moments.  
We all need to refill our  energy with whatever makes us happy. By saying that I simply remind you to follow your heart : Do what makes you happy. Don´t stay stuck in old patterns and habits and don´t fear change in your life. I realized I was different from the other medical students early during my studies but at that time I didn´t have the courage to live a life true to myself. I lived the life others expected of me and it made me unhappy somewhere deep inside. I felt all the pressure and the heaviness of life and I knew I needed to change my life.

Amazing beach break with a great view in Lanzarote
Thats when I quit my plans of a medical career, in order to be able to go surfing as much as I can. I started exploring the world, combining medical clerkships with surfing. I went to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Australia and I love being a doctor - but I know that I need the ocean as well to be happy. I now work on a part time base and spend half of the year either traveling or in the Canary Islands as a Surf Instructor. With this new freedom, I am so happy and balanced. It just took me a while to have the courage to be different from everyone else around me. 
And because life is so short: Please don´t waste any time. Be who you are. Do what you love. And follow your heart.
Thanks to GlideSoul Waterwear for supporting me. I couldn´t think of a better sponsor for girls and ladies wetsuits, because the uniqueness and positivity of the colors matches my personality just perfect. 

Text and photos by Lena Katharina
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Sunset Surf with my 3mm backzip in Caleta de Famara, Lanzarote.

Sunset Surf with my GlideSoul 3mm backzip full wetsuit in Caleta de Famara, Lanzarote. 

My happy place and workplace as a Surf Instructor: amazing beach break with a great view in LanzaroteMy happy place and workplace as a Surf Instructor: amazing beach break with a great view in Lanzarote.

Lena Katharina in Lanzarote

amazing beach break in Lanzarote

 



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