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Book – Blue Water: Born a Pisces, Poseidon has Always Been My God - Books and blog by Peter M. Hunt

Book – Blue Water: Born a Pisces, Poseidon has Always Been My God

Now available for sale at Amazon in hard cover and Kindle formats.

Available in all electronic formats at most vendors that sell electronic books (eg Smashwords).

PRAISE

“Life’s challenges often lead us to self-pity and negativity. I met Pete Hunt long ago in the unforgiving and often stressful realm of naval aviation. Nothing I encountered through 34 years in that world begins to compare with Pete’s everyday life in his now decades-long fight with Parkinson’s disease. His determination to embrace joy, despite a steadily worsening condition, is genuinely inspiring, as is evidenced in these seemingly unrelated stories. As you read Blue Water, you’ll see he’s actually stitched together for us the small windows of clarity that help him make sense of and ultimately cope with his reality.”

—JOE KUZMICK, Rear Admiral, USN (retired). Currently, Joe Kuzmick chairs peer advisory boards for Seattle area CEOs and senior executives with Vistage Worldwide, the world’s leading executive membership organization.

FOREWORD

BY MIKE MCCASTLE

We humans are resilient creatures, capable of pushing our limits to achieve the unthinkable. But if I learned one thing from my late father, it is that true happiness lies not in overcoming pain and hardship, but in accepting them as part of life. Through exploring our own limitations and finding ways to move past them, we can learn to appreciate the fullness of life despite the inevitable suffering bestowed upon us all.

As a Navy veteran, world record setting endurance athlete and sports performance coach, I have dedicated the last two decades of my life to not only exploring depths of my potential through seemingly impossible physical feats, but by also helping to unlock the same reservoirs of human potential in others, elevating them to greater heights of performance—from elite athletes and military teams to world renowned mountaineers and explorers. In my own way, I transform pain into purpose for causes I am deeply connected to, like Parkinson’s Disease awareness and veteran mental health issues. It takes humility, courage, perseverance and an exceptionally strong spirit to transform suffering into something meaningful, fulfilling and even advantageous in life. Whenever I contemplate these rare qualities, one person always stands out in my mind. . . none other than Peter Hunt.

Meeting and speaking with Peter is like a long, summer stroll with a kindred spirit. Like my late father, Peter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease—a neurological disorder most commonly characterized by uncontrollable tremors and stiffness that progressively worsens over time. I was introduced to Peter by a dear mutual friend in 2015 while stationed in Oak Harbor, Washington. At the same time, I had just broken the world record for the ‘Most Pull-ups in 24 Hours’ (5,804 repetitions while wearing a 30lb. pack) for a veteran non-profit, and I was training to climb a 20-foot rope until I reached the vertical equivalent of Mount Everest (29,029 feet) to raise funds in support of Parkinson’s Disease research and resources through The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

The first thing I noticed about Peter was his calm yet buoyant demeanor and contagious optimism. It was a familiar presence, similar to that of my father; the composure of a man who went through hell and came out the other side stronger than the demons who led him there. Then, after learning about his distinguished career as an A6 Intruder attack pilot, legendary diving expeditions and battle with the same disease my father fought, I can say that there is no one better positioned to lay down a framework for finding joy and meaning in everyday life, sometimes in the least likely of places.

Peter has an unyielding grit, inner peace and contentment about him that can only be acquired from years of taking risks, falling and rising again despite the odds against him. As our friendship has grown over the years, I’ve learned many lessons from Peter through his writings and daily life. Most of all, Peter is proof that pain and discomfort can be used as a tool to help us reach our full potential. By utilizing it wisely, we can rise above our obstacles, unlocking the key to finding true joy which is amplified in service to others. I learned that we are not defined by our trials in life. Instead we are called to rise above them in service to a cause greater than ourselves.

Peter’s words, as written in this book, will lead you to discover that happiness is a choice—something we have control over. We must decide to take on life’s challenges and strive for the greater good, even in the face of adversity or misfortune. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Joy and suffering are not mutually exclusive when approached through the lens of presence and kindness. Through courage and determination, we can reach greater heights and find true happiness. So embrace your struggles and accept them as a part of life—the rewards are worth it. That is the reassuring truth of humanity which serves the fabric in which Peter has masterfully weaved the pages of this book.