we all are on this voyage. YOU ,ME and everyone you see are exploring their oceans of life.
whatever our circumstances of life indeed are ,i find this metaphor to life really empowering to suit most of life’s perplexing turns and twists as well as its uniqueness.
There are no two voyages which are similar in life’s ocean, nor there will be. At this moment of writing, there are roughly 8 billion voyages heading in 8 billion directions in life’s waters. Some come to this exploration in fancy golden ships laden with treasures inherited by ancestors from years of exploration. At the same time, some barely survive on a small raft or by clinging to a plank of wood .
strange are the waters of life when we dive in to see all these differences and the limitless idiosyncrasies
taking a moment aside from this metaphor, i want you to go to a main road or a public place like a shopping mall. (wear your corona mask for extra safety!)There you will find people from all walks of life! you will meet people in thousand different complexions ,bearing thousand different facial expressions and in thousand different physical dimensions.
you will meet male and females as well as the ones in between. you will meet rich and poor people ,poor and neatly dressed ,happy and gloomy, fat and skinny … and the list goes on on its own voyage!
as you can see what i hint here is the uniqueness of every person . In this voyage our uniqueness is the greatest treasure we will ever have.no two boats are the same !
While on our course ,we get to face sharks, storms and even monsters despite whether we are guiding a ship or on a raft. Even if we are aboard the strongest ship and yet, if we are untrained to meet the sharks and storms of life’s water , we will eventually hit the rocks or sink!
This exploration has no ultimate meaning purpose or end except the ones we give it. we all have our own whims and fancies and dreams of exploration. some of us actualize them while some don’t. Some might set their oars to unknown seas while some would conventionally stay anchored to the same place through their entire time.
Some will become skilled captains through the experiences gained in fighting for their dreams ,their treasures and destinies. Similarly, some, with the same circumstances would turn their ships back to never realize their dreams.
As you can grasp, NO TWO VOYAGES ARE THE SAME. so we could never compare and contrast one ship to another or judge anyone’s journey cause we could not easily see from the perspective of another ship while on a boat.So the worst thing you can do to yourself is to judge your self image and worth from other’s perspective.
Sometimes ,we have the company of our friends and family to forge through life. Nevertheless ,some journeys are meant to be explored alone .
Whether we have support or not, whether we are a pirate or a captain or on a ship or on boat,…there are OBJECTIVE RULES IN THIS SUBJECTIVE EXPLORATION.
Most of life’s experiences are subjective but there are many objective truths and principles that govern all oceans.
One of such principles is that WE HAVE VERY LIMITED TIME IN LIFE’S WATERS TO EXPLORE .No matter where you are on your journey, your time in here is very limited. Another one is THE IMPERMANANCE OR THE TRANSITORY NATURE OF LIFE. Despite what you do, this applies to all. To the boats as well as to the ones who are barely clinging to a piece of wood. after all, we all get to swallow the red pill of leaving it all.
so nothing matters right?
as i believe, the only thing that matters IS HOW MUCH WE ENJOY IN OUR EXPLORATION.THE AMOUNT OF HAPPINESS WE HAVE AND SHARE is worthier than any other material thing. The way we expect happiness might be completely paradoxical between you and me. we could have contrasting perspectives on and about this journey. some will trust the stars to find their destiny. some will use the maps .some will trust their compass and some make it through with their intuition.
The catch here is that happiness one embodies is the true yardstick of prosperity and blessedness on this journey. I have seen homeless people happier than my multimillionaire neighbor (and yes, i don’t have any personal grudges with him). So do what really inspires you and ignites the happiness and passion within you. Do not care if other captains judge you. They will mind their own voyage. you are by all means your own captain with your own ship. do not let the people on other ships declare your path.go after your own dream.take your own decisions and be accountable of them.
For example ,when I was in high school, most of my classmates planned to sail their boats to the medical faculty. When asked the reason behind it, only reason most had was because their parents wanted them to. Many people do not take the helm of their lives up for themselves. So it is important that you do not fall to this trap .
Another objective rule I see is that WE ARE OUR ONLY LIMIT TO OUR JOURNEY. we can do ,become, have anything on this journey. If we want to, we can sail our ship through every sea and discover new lands never been by anyone. We are the ones who decide whether to set the anchors or to slice through the storms. personal responsibility of our ships and boats is extreme. It boils down to the fact that we are the captains of our own ship and we couldn’t blame the sun ,the sea or the sky for the faults in our engine. It is the decisions we make that set forth the experiences and the growth we have on our path.
since this journey for the most part is very subjective, there are not many objective rules which govern all seas. So my sugession here is to try to look for objective rules, principles and truths as above cause these natural laws apply to all seas and they do not change with time .They will serve as lighthouses on your voyage . if we don’t modify ourselves accordingly ,we are sure to meet with disappointment.
Also, we can subjectively create objective laws for ourselves. The trick is we don’t even see those rules are impressed by ourselves. Try to identify the subjectively objective limitations you have imposed from your core beliefs. You will always be a self fulfilling prophecy to the beliefs you hold in your mind.
Thus, if we destroy the useless beliefs we hold in our minds that have kept us circling around the same sea ,we will have a huge weight off our ship . it will make our cruise more effortless. If we also identify the working principles of the life’s waters and mold our life according to them, the distances we could sail are boundless.
Therefore, as i perceive, the possibilities of life are mind boggling. We could sail through countless seas and oceans. There are countless escapades to go on and millions of treasures to be discovered.
Wherever, you(my wonderful reader) are setting your oars to, I wish you all the luck and happiness with all my heart. my only loving suggession is to do what is best for you and for others .don’t wait for happiness. There is no better time to be happy than NOW!
may you have a wonderful adventure !
see you on the next post,
subhanu. (another sailor in the ocean of life).