No Shore Things
Crane was traveling from the United States to Cuba as a newspaper reporter. One night, his ship hit a sandbar. It sank in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Florida. Most of the people on board got into lifeboats. Crane was among the last to leave. There were three others with him: the ship’s captain, the cook, and a sailor. These four men climbed into the only remaining lifeboat. The boat was so small that none of the them believed it could stay afloat for very long. Not one of the four men believed he would ever reach the shore. But the men fought the seas bravely, with all their strength. How the four face their challenge is one aspect of the story that is compelling. Each handles the situation differently, knowing full well that they must act together to survive. As they finally reach the beach ashore, the author realizes that life does not hand out fate evenly.
Have you ever felt helpless when steering a boat? Maybe it is because you aren't moving forward. If your steering isn't responding, it might be that your boat speed and water speed are offsetting each other. Then again it could mean your steering mechanism is faulty.
Sometimes boaters don't consider or know that it is impossible to steer any vessel unless water is moving under its hull. Try as you might to turn right or left, a boat needs moving water to pass by its rudder. In many ways this is like life. We only can steer our life in the right direction if are moving forward. Backing up often means everything is backwards.
Most humans seemingly believe something stable and solid like land makes them feel more safe and secure. Obviously earthquakes, tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, mudslides, floods, sinkholes, forest fires, population overcrowding, pollution and crime don't deter enough people to move to the sea. Most nation's populations live near the sea, but most chose to not live in, on, or under the water. Maybe because of the perception that land is solid and more visible? They like living near it, but not too close because they fear it.
Recently I was having a conversation with a new acquaintance and when she learned I love sailing, she could not stop talking about her fear of water and sharks. Could it be we people are less safe and secure at sea than we often feel we are on land?