You Are Like Water

You Are Like Water

When you feel like sand, but need to feel like a wave
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Thinking too deep... I wonder if I'm the only person sometimes who thinks this deeply. It's like I'm on the bottom of the ocean and just thinking about everything that I see. I wonder if I should think lighter. If I should lay on the top of the ocean for a while and just float and ride through life. I know that sometimes I get caught on a piece of coral and I get a tiny cut and have to let my skin heal. I like to float along with the waves, but sometimes you have to grab onto some seaweed to keep you grounded.

Sometimes you fall off the raft and lose your way and your map. It can be hard to try and recreate your map from memory. Sometimes you can forget places that are important to you and people you're supposed to visit. You might forget to draw in the jagged rocks that always give you trouble, and when you go through them you almost forget how you got through them in the first place. It's like you're trying to draw it out in the sand and the water washes it away.

Maybe you're led into deep water for a while and you just keep waiting for the shallow water to come again. Maybe the time spent in the deep water feels longer than usual, but in the end, it could be just what you needed. The waves will push you to where you need to go, you just have to trust that they're safe. Maybe you get risky and go into dangerous waters even though there are plenty of warning signs and that voice inside your head telling you to not go any further. Maybe that water isn't that dangerous to you, but to others it is.

Sometimes you'll have to go alone on a journey and that's okay. Your thoughts can keep you company and your memories too. Going on a journey alone means that you have to be strong for yourself because all of the trust is in you. You are the only way you can survive and make it back to safety. Maybe the waves lead you to an unknown area and uncharted waters. You can't go back, you can only go forward from there.

Life can be like a river or a creek or even a pond. There may be little fish and big fish that help you along. There will be stones to show you the way and lead you on a path through life. There may be some moss that you might slip on and have to start back at the beginning. Depending on rainfall, there might be a flood or a drought. The water level will change everyday just like your emotions and feelings. Who knows? There might even be a waterfall at the end or a rainbow.

Life can be like kayaking down an inter-coastal and getting stuck in the mud, it might take some strength to get yourself out of there and to get back on track, but you can do it. It's like getting your feet wet at the beach and walking on the sand. The sand will never actually get off your body no matter how much you scrub at it just like your past knowledge. You could sink into the sand or burn your feet on the hot sand, but you'll keep going.

I hate the saying that life is like a box of chocolate, because it's actually like water and possesses all of the qualities that water possesses. It can change its direction and make new path if it's strong enough. It can push against your barriers and knock them down eventually. Water is one of the most powerful substances—just like you are. If you're feeling weak today or ever, just remember that you are like water, a force of nature to be reckoned with.

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27 Things To Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

A little bit of fun for any season.
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I am sure many could relate: you are texting or sitting around with your friends and no one knows what they want to do, everyone is bored, and everyone is flat out of ideas that are actually realistic and achievable. Boredom makes an appearance at it's finest moments... always.

Here are 27 things you can do with your friend in just about any season (some are exclusive to a particular season) when boredom takes over!

1. Find a local coffee shop to try out.

2. Or better yet, find a local restaurant that you’ve all been wanting to try.

3. Go shopping at each others' favorite stores.

4. Tie balloons with positive messages inside of them to random places in your town to uplift a few souls.

5. Cook a homemade meal for a homeless person and deliver it.

6. Get crafty and create a time capsule that you and your friends can open after (x) amount of years.

7. Make your own sushi.

8. Plant flowers in little pots for your homes.

9. Road trip to random local cities and do some exploring.

10. Have a photo shoot.

11. Buy or create a blank page’s journal filled art, writing, sketches, and pictures of your friends that can be used as a memory book.

12. Visit a pumpkin patch.

13. Go stargazing in the middle of the night with a blanket and a few midnight snacks.

14. Go to a haunted house.

15. Go to a movie with the group.

16. Have a giant sleepover with board games, snacks, movies, and crazy pajamas.

17. Have a game night with the peeps.

18. Have a gingerbread making contest.

19. Have a bonfire when it gets cool outside.

20. Make homemade ice cream.

21. Search on maps for the nearest natural spring or river and go swimming or canoeing.

22. Take a camera, your group of friends, and stroll around town taking pictures of your adventure.

23. Use the pictures you take on your adventures and create a photo wall in your home.

24. Have a "Madea" movie night.

25. Throw a themed party.

26. Write letters of encouragement to children (or adults) in hospitals.

27. Look up random keywords on YouTube for possibly some of the best videos ever.

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

Different people lead differently.

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When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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