Meet Andres from Chile, now living in Costa Mesa, CA.
The one word that best describes Andres life today is "Excitement."
If Andres could change one thing in the world, he would "Change the bureaucratic system so that people would be encouraged to think for themselves and not conform to the system." The way Andres would make this change would be to think for himself and to be a change agent.
One year from today, Andres would like to have mastered the English language.
If Andres life were a movie, it would be about a foreign man who falls in love with an American girl who was traveling in Chile and how their love led Andres to move to America and marry the woman of his dreams. The title of Andre's movie would be called "Foreign Love."
I met Andres while he was SUP'n for the first time with his newlywed bride Susan and her family. Andres was a brave man for trying something he's never done before with his new American family.
After falling many times, he was able to figure out how to use the paddle to balance himself and find his rhythm while his family was off in the distance. I have to give Andres credit for persevering and for NEGU (Never Ever Giving Up).
We had a good conversation about the challenges of learning a new language and what it takes to "master" that language. I shared with Andres that I'm practicing my Spanish using Rosetta Stone and would like to "master" Spanish by next year.
Even though Andres spent more time in the water than he did on his SUP, he was smiling ear to ear :-). Muchos Gracias Andres for putting a smile on my face and allowing me to give you a few SUP tips.