Fish don’t know they’re in Water. If you tried to explain it, they’d say, “Water? What’s Water?” They’re so surrounded by it that it’s impossible to see. They can’t see it until they jump outside of it.
In fact, a fish doesn’t even know it’s a fish. Is it just a label we give it? We humans have to make sense of the world; so we label and give meanings to things.
What do you need to do? What have you been swimming around in? What do you need to do to see the water? What do you need to step out of?
We spend our lives mostly on autopilot, wash dry spin repeat. On occasions, we step outside of this cycle and experience some enlightenment we call an epiphany.
For example, a life-threatening event, walking away from a plane or car crash, defeating an illness, or overcoming adversity we step out and start to see life through new eyes, new beginnings, just like the fish jumping out of the water.
On the other hand, if you could jump outside the cycle, and have your ‘new beginnings’ what would that feel like? I’ll let you into a secret; you can have it without the epiphany. After all, this was just the label we attached to give it meaning.
If only people knew that they don’t need a car crash or a disaster to have the life they truly want. It’s there for the taking right in front of their eyes; it just requires imagination, focus and spinning into action.
After all, nothing will ever happen sitting in your relax-a-glide deluxe swivel chair glued to Netflix (other channels are available) other than farting and overeating crap food. The finale of the evening climaxing in you dribbling from the corner of your mouth and snoring with your significant other shouting “are you coming to bed?”
Alternatively, you might experience a kind of epiphany when suddenly the doorbell rings, and you are greeted by a brass band and cheerleaders congratulating you for a life well-lived. Who am I to question your life. I only get that privilege with my clients.
Life is about choices and courage
However, life is about decisions and the choices we make. Having the courage to “jump outside to see the water” and getting your feet wet in the process all adds to the experience and the journey.
Life is never a straight course (how boring would that be), sometimes we flow with the current, other times just like “Robinson Crusoe” it washes us upon shores, not of our making. How dull life would be without its adventures and danger (think COVID-19). As Daniel Defoe, the author of “Robinson Crusoe.” Said;
“ The fear of danger is ten thousand times more terrifying than danger itself”.
In conclusion, your life is not a dress rehearsal for the perfect one. This is the only life you get to choose with all its fears, adventures and the odd bit of danger thrown in for good measure. Who, what, when, and how your experience it with is up to you.
Don’t waste it drowning in the water.
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