Ever lived near the ocean? I did – it’s one of the things I miss most in land-locked Calgary. The ocean is what feeds my soul – and even though having the Canadian Rocky Mountains nearby I do miss the salty air from time to time. Luckily through my travels I do tend to get my ocean-share from time to time, and on one of my recent trips I spotted a warning sign about getting stuck in a rip current.
If you’re not familiar with the concept, here’s what the dictionary says:
a relatively strong, narrow current flowing outward from the beach through the surf zone and presenting a hazard to swimmers.
In short: Tricky and potentially life threatening.
The key, if you ever get caught in one, is to not fight it. Don’t swim against it. You won’t last and the current will wear you out. Instead, let it take you and you’ll make it out. Just don’t panic (you’ll drown) and let the current take you to where it wants to take you. And then go from there. You might just make it.
Cool analogy. And in a way, life works just like that. We often resist the changes we go through, and keep fighting it as if we were salmons swimming upstream. But swimming upstream wears you out. Sometimes it’s better to let the current take you for a while, and see what happens next from there. You might just make it.
Embrace the unknown. Let the flow of your life take you to where it wants to take you, and good things will come from it.
Allow yourself to be drawn towards the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.
The unknown is a scary place. Yet in order to get where we want to be, we have to move into unfamiliar territory and embrace the unknown. Give up control. If you want something you’ve never had, you might have to do something you’ve never done before.