One More Breath
The Memoir of a Whitewater Kayaker
It sometimes seems like my life has been framed with the vignette of old spruce hanging over the river with a snow-capped mountain in the distance behind me. In my mind, I am still using all of my strength and all of my skill; my lungs are pushing me as my shoulders pull. I am a monster fighting to become the seamless and smooth on a ripple in the earth. A fault line, a creek that offers me the best that I have to give. The choice is mine, my lungs have filled with fresh cool spruce soaked air as my hands have gripped the paddle.
Into the river that never leaves me, I’m drawn by the raw power, rage without anger. Benevolent yet stifling, there is an art that exists here, a pendulum that must be timed to a moment of a breath.
The risk is simply breathing, it’s between those breaths that I really live. The decisions I make between paddle strokes, striving to match the vision in my mind. We are always at the edge of something, always afraid to breathe, but we do, and we must. When the light becomes soft, and the quiet smoke becomes wedges that defy gravity I realize somehow, I am a part of it, or moreover, it’s a part of me.
This life on the river… I just need one more breath.
COMING SOON IN PAPERBACK
Martin Murphy was raised in a small town in central New York State, where he still resides. Martin struggled with learning disabilities all threw school, but he would not let those disabilities determine his future.
Upon graduation from high school he had the twelve thoracic vertebrae in his back fused together, spending many days and nights in a horizontal position while he healed. Determined to enjoy the most out what life has to offer after this, he spent an adventurous twenty-two years in a whitewater kayak becoming a professional safety kayaker, securing sponsorship from boat companies.
Every step Martin has taken has been to live life to its fullest and explore excitement at every bend and turn —in any river he could conquer while enjoying the extreme sport of whitewater kayaking.
Martin is a Certified Life Coach and the author of, One More Breath: The Memoir of a Whitewater Kayaker.