I’m sitting here in my living room, trying to decide what to write down that could fully encompass what I want to say. I could blather on and on about this or that, making the idea seem unimportant in the grander scale of things. However, it is not unimportant. It is an essential truth that seeps out from each of us, from deep within our beings. It is present in everything we do, every person we interact with, every day we live our lives. It controls feelings, it dictates success, and it produces happiness. Sometimes it is an unconscious feeling, but sometimes it can be felt strongly enough to have overpowering effects. The idea is that of friendship.
Experiencing this connection can be a life-changing event. A lot of people have felt it, but there are different levels of feeling. Having someone there for you, at all times, whenever you need it, is the ultimate feeling. This idea can sometimes be ineffable, it sometimes cannot be explained. Having that one person, or that group of people, be there, always, waiting to assist you if need be, is an idea that is extremely powerful. There are not many places or communities where this idea is more prevalent than in my community: the whitewater kayaking community.
Whitewater kayaking is inherently dangerous, and it is important to have people around you who are going to look out for you and have your best interest in mind. I know how strongly I feel about each member of my inner-kayaking circle, because I can recall immediately what car they drive, what boat they paddle, and what their dog’s name is. They watch out for me, and I watch out for them. We protect each other, we encourage each other, and most importantly, we have fun with each other. This idea is the essential nature of my movie, “Church.” Enjoy.

written for RAW Adrenaline by

Dawson Reynier

 

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