No, the title of this post is not a metaphor. Always make sure you check the wind forecast before taking out a boat powered only by sails.
We spent the fourth of July out on the water. Literally, we were out in the middle of the lake from 10am-7pm.
We thought it would be fun to take a small catamaran out and try our hand at sailing. Needless to say, we have a lot to learn.
It is a sport, and i’m convinced it’s a science too, but i was never any good at science so i can’t be sure.
There were moments when we were gliding through the waters. Winds lifting our sails, water rushing beneath us. We were riding the wind.
Then we would try to steer the boat to where we wanted to go and we’d stop. The wind would hit the sail and flap the other way. We’d be stuck. Out in the middle of the water.
We would turn the sails this way and that way trying to catch what wind we thought would take us in the direction we wanted to go.
And we’d sit. And we’d try to force the sails this way and that way.
Speed boats would roar past us as the spectaters would stare as the wakes bounced our boat in every direction.
Every so often when we least expected it, we would take off again. Gliding through the waters.
We had quite a bit of down time that day and it made me thing that life tends to be a lot like sailing. You try to force lifes path down a certain road. The road you think is meant for you. But sometimes that road isn’t the one that leads you home. We learned that you can’t just take the shortest route, that sometimes in order to go right you must first turn left.
Or you may have to throw your sail down quickly in order to stop your pace because someone along for the ride threw something off the ships edge.
You may have to leap into the icy cold water to scoop out a child who fell overboard.
You may just as well enjoy the journey you’re on. Whether you’re gliding through it with wind in your sails or whether you’re putting up your feet for a while until the next wind comes along.
Life is about the journey and if you’ve think you’ve reached a dead end, or if you think the road should go straight instead of turning, just know that no matter where you go it is where your supposed to be. You may not take the road you wanted to, but you’ll eventually reach your destination and the path you took to get there is exactly the path you should’ve taken.
So adjust your sails, because you certainly can not control the wind.