Day 3, June 2016, 30-day writing challenge. Inspired by this excerpt of a poem by Rumi: "You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly."
An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.
I think achieving balance in all things is what life is about. One thing anyway.
We are all in constant motion. I mean we are all standing on a big blue rotating ball.
So we are always a little off kilter.
Most people I know rarely stop.
Change is the constant thing right?
Nothing I know is "normal"
And yet everything is. Just. That.
You become more aware of balance when you are on a sailboat.
You learn the term "swell" and that it doesn't mean "gee your cool" like from the 1950's.
It's means you are rolling. Rocking back and forth. Up and down. Side to side all the way down to the pit of your stomach.
Swell funnily makes me sleepy and happy.
You hang on to wires, handles, people, you hope for solid when you grab.
You go from a graceful ballerina to a bull in a china shop in a matter of moments.
The constant change in weather, in temperature.
Hot, wet, hot and wet, cold, wet, wet and cold. Makes things slippery under foot.
Cuts, bruises, scrapes and occasional falls into the water remind you, you are a mortal.
Your sense of space becomes smaller stepping over each other, the necessity of good knots, clips, cords, lashes. Light.
You help each other. It is a team sport.
On land you sway. Feel woosie.
But I'm fine with being off balance, keeps things interesting.
You don't need a boat to test your balance, people, work, kids, lovers, friends, partners test it all the time.
But maybe it's good to practice both physically and mentally so when you need to right yourself,
In that moment when you are about to fall,
To take a digger,
And those usually hurt,
You steady, stand tall, sure footed.
For that moment anyway.
Until the next time.
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