You have to go with the flow. Adapt. It’s the only way to survive.
Forest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.” Well, actually, it was his mother who said that, but you get the point. That phrase–I like it. Personally, I’ve found life to be more like an ocean: vast, expansive, unknown depths, and there always seems to be something lurking beneath the surface.
In life, we can choose to stay in the shallow waters, or we can choose to venture into the deeps, where risks are greater than any treasure waiting to be found. Whatever our decision, one thing is for certain: we’ll either sink, or we’ll swim. Some of us will barely get by; just our noses bobbing above the surface, taking in air whenever we get a chance. But if we keep trying, we’ll get better, stronger. We’ll learn how to swim, and stay afloat.
In these black swaying waters of life, we sometimes swim into currents. That’s a fact. It’s inevitable. And these currents–they can be dangerous, dragging us to places we don’t want to be. Places that are unfamiliar to us. But really, it’s how we handle these currents that determines how we let them effect us. Should we fight against the currents, we’re bound to tire ourselves out, and sink below the surface, and drown. But should we go with these currents, we can use them to our advantage. All we have to do is be willing to accept change. Because these currents, though fierce and frightening, can take us to new places if we let them.
In a previous post, When One Door Closes, I talk about how the space behind the doors we choose are unknown until we turn the handles and step through. It’s only then that we’ll experience the path behind that door and everything it has to offer. In a similar way, you won’t know where these currents can lead you should you fight and not let them carry you adrift.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu
So relax. Stop fighting. Let yourself float upon the surface as the current carries you away, taking you to new places and showing you new things. Enjoy the ride and go with the flow. Who knows where they’ll take you?
Just watch out for sharks.
Thanks for reading! Hope everyone’s having a great week so far. If not, then try making a change by letting change happen. Go with the flow.