So this past Sunday I got to try kayaking for the first time on the Harpeth River in Franklin, Tennessee. I figured I would love it (which I did), but as we floated and I was able to take in the scenery and slowly let go of the every day stresses of life, I found myself comparing the river to life and realized how metaphoric it can be. Now, a lot of the metaphors I came up with were cheesy, but really, they are so true!!
What the river taught me…
Being a “bump on a log” is a lot more challenging than one would think. If you are going to do this, it’s much better when you have a friend to share it with.
Sometimes the current picks up and forces you to collide with other objects or people unexepectedly. Never fear! Everything happens for a reason and these people (or objects) could soon become quite an important part of your journey.
When the wind blows, moving forward becomes hard. You then have 2 choices: (1) give up and let the wind keep pushing you back OR (2) take a break, get some support and paddle even harder, which will make you stronger when it’s all said and done.
If you don’t spend enough time focusing on your journey down the river, something drastic may happen to force your attention where it should be. (In this case….the river took my phone.) This is why it is important to stay focused on YOUR journey in life and make sure you don’t let awesome opportunities pass you by. Yes, others do matter, but ultimately, your journey is yours alone. No one else’s. Give it the attention it deserves.
Though trying to stand up on anything in the moving river is difficult, if you can let go of your fears, worries, thoughts and feel the movement of the water, it is possible. Just as with life. If you can turn your brain off and go against all of the fears and doubts the world tries to put in your mind, and just focus on your own path down the river, you can stand up and be yourself!
Though traveling the river can be peaceful if you go it alone, it’s always more fun to be surrounded by people who care about you. Life’s better with friends!
Life doesn’t have to always be so fast pace. That’s probably the best thing the river teaches us. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. Take the time to immerse yourself in your natural surroundings. When things don’t go as planned, do not panic, just go with the flow. No matter the route you take, be it calm or choppy, you will get to where you are meant to be!
Obviously, it was a great day! I was blessed to have spent it with 2 amazing human beings! Until next time…