I took up surfing last summer. I'd always wanted to try it when I lived in LA and was super excited to finally take a lesson. I'd been inspired years before when I heard the amazing story of Eddie Aikua. He is one of my heroes and the man behind the famous mantra - Eddie Would Go.
Eddie Aikau was said to have been a humble man who was also larger than life. He was a legendary surfer that rode the biggest waves in the world. He was a lifeguard that saved hundreds of people from the treacherous waters of Oahu's North Shore. He was a proud Hawaiian, who sacrificed his life to save his 15 fellow sailors aboard the voyaging canoe Hokule'a in March of 1978.
After a night of clinging to the overturned hull of the capsized voyaging canoe, Eddie insisted on getting on his surfboard and paddling back to shore almost 12 miles for help. Hours after Eddie left in the rough waters - a coast guard helicopter spotted the capsized Hokule'a and began rescue efforts. But Eddie Aikau was never seen again.
"Eddie was a lifeguard. He guarded life. And he lost his own trying to guard the lives of others. Eddie cared about others and took care of others. He had great dreams, he had great passions. As a surfer, Eddie would ride the 20' waves that nobody else would touch. As a lifeguard, Eddie would pull people out of dangerous waters that no one else would dare to. That's where the saying came from - Eddie Would Go - when no else would or could. Only Eddie dared."
Eddie was both daring and selfless. The phrase - Eddie Would Go - is ultimately about putting yourself out there for the betterment of others. A willingness to be of service and help out somebody else.
One of his friends said about him - "He had a courage about him that went beyond the physical, it was spiritual as well. Spiritually he had no choice. He had to go. Eddie had to go. To save people. It's simple - but it's not an easy choice that many make in their life. He's a rare and special human being. And he's a real Hawaiian hero."
The world needs real heroes now more than ever.
Debbie Ford said, "If you are going to be courageous, an example for all those who are ready to step into their power, then you must be willing to show the world all of who you are. You must have the guts to throw off the chains of modesty and mediocrity in order to be the light that the world needs."
In the heavenly realm - God, Goddesses, The Ancient Ones & on the earthly plane - Gurus, Mentors, Teachers - they all hold the vision, courage and strength for us until it becomes our own experience. Until we start to live in alignment with the truth of who we are... Until we start to step into our eternal power and stand in our Divinity... Until we start to make choices that reflect the essence of our innate goodness, our inseparable oneness and our love for all beings and creatures... Until we are ready to say "I WOULD GO" - God holds the vision, courage and strength for us.
The next time you find yourself wanting to speak up or take a leap of faith or move in the direction of your dreams - when you're scared out of your mind and paralyzed by fear of the unknown but still feel that calling in your heart - remember this, God's got your back and Eddie Would Go.