Sometimes despite the best efforts, things can take a turn for the worse or unexpected. Sometimes those unexpected things put a fire under your butt and make you move more efficiently and get a lot done. Then, at other times, those things can throw you for a loop, cloud your eyes, muddle your brain and cause a pain so unique and deep in your head and in your heart that you can’t catch your breath.
Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water. The problem is that just because it isn’t safe I still have to wade through it, find the raft and paddle like freaking crazy. Hopefully, once I get through the waves and rain, pass the seaweed and sharks there will be calm water, dolphins and sunshine on the other side. If not, I guess I’ll just have to keep on paddling. Even if my arms get tired and I want to sleep, I’ll paddle away.
Maybe there will be a cruise ship somewhere along the way and they’ll allow me to come aboard and rest. Give me some champagne, shrimp cocktail and a hot towel. If I’m lucky there will be a hot shower, clean clothes and some dry socks.
Once I’ve rested I’ll dive back onto the raft, which may have been replaced by a lifeboat with supplies, and reach my destination. When I look into the horizon I can’t see it – right now the island is too small – but I know it’s out there. I’ll just keep straining, working, struggling and sometimes floating until I make it.
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