November 10, 2017

We should all be able to relate all ten reasons. Feeling gratitude not only gives us an immediate sense of well being but also helps us navigate the bigger challenges we may encounter. Thank you for sharing Kristin.

By Kristin Stickels on

As it is Thanksgiving in the United States, I can’t help but think about all the reasons I’m thankful for dragon boating. Like most people, when I first picked up a paddle years ago, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never paddled anything more than a kayak, bodyboard or surfboard. I had never even heard of dragon boating before!

I thought to myself, “People do this for FUN?!?”

I still tell newbies the story of how on my first day of practice we paddled for two and a half minutes and when we finally stopped, I thought to myself, “People do this for FUN?!?” Everything hurt and I really, really sucked! Thankfully, I stuck with it and soon found my love of paddling.

Since then, I have constantly been amazed at how much my life has changed from that first day. So, here is a list of 10 reasons I’m thankful for dragon boating.


I have met so many friends from all over the world on my own team as well as different teams. We may be rivals on the water, but we are friends off the water. It is so wonderful to see so many friendly faces everywhere I go. Thankfully, Facebook keeps us connected so I can keep up with everyone.



I have been fortunate enough to travel to some seriously cool places to paddle and race: Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Canada, Panama, England, and Hungary, as well as many cities throughout the United States. I love to travel and see the world and it’s even more fun to be able to paddle wherever I go.

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