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We all have our own craft to pilot in this lifetime. For some, it’s a high powered jet boat. They see obstacles coming, they steer with panache and conquer their worlds. Or sometimes they crash and burn in spectacular ways. Generally resilient, they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and try again. Regardless, they seem to always be heading into life with a plan and a destination in mind.

This is the way western culture teaches us everyone should live. And there’s nothing wrong with living life large. If it’s how one is wired. But not all of us see the world in this light.

Some of us row a simple double-ended craft that offers a glimpse of truth only as one rows past it. Their path through life seems rather indirect and with only the vaguest of destinations in mind. They rarely get anywhere fast but, since they didn’t really know exactly where they were going anyway, they seem perfectly content with wherever they wind up.

There’s nothing wrong with living life this way either.

There are an infinite number of variations between the two extremes. Some people face forward with the wind in their sails. Steering is vague but they maintain a solid sense of direction. And some just paddle along. There’s no hurry and the destination is irrelevant. It’s all just for fun anyway.

The point here is this:

There’s really no wrong way to live life. As long as one is using their own compass and not letting anyone else determine the direction they are traveling.

The push and pull of society or family can be almost impossible to resist. Lovers, spouses, parents, family and friends, all spend time traveling with us. And they all influence the direction and speed of the craft. But it’s important to not let anyone take the wheel for too long lest they take us down a path that isn’t part of our true nature.

Thank you for reading.

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father, motorcyclist, old retired guy who’s just a little lost on a blue marble corkscrewing its way to oblivion

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