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Hey, remember that metaphor about life, you know, it’s like a bus, yadda yadda yadda?

Well, I went in the ocean today and I came up with a way better metaphor.

Your Life, you see, is totally like the ocean.

It’s big and wide and there are lots of them but they all join together, and it is shallow in parts and deep in others, but mostly deep, actually.

And sometimes you can walk in the ocean and sometimes you have to swim, or you’re trying to walk and then you stub your foot on some coral and you stumble and you suddenly try to swim but you bash your palm on some more coral and then you realize there’s coral everywhere and damn it hurts and will you need stitches?

And you wish you were standing up because now you’re swimming in 2 feet of water and that doesn’t work good. And then you get a mouth full of ocean water and that’s not good at all. But somehow you’re still having fun, except you know you only have 30 minutes until the bus leaves to San José and you don’t even want to leave this ocean that’s hurting you, and you have to get out of the ocean which would be easy if only you could stand up, which you can’t, and you think you are probably going to lure a shark to you with all these coral scratches oozing blood and is that the undertoad pulling you out to sea?

Except there isn’t any such thing as an undertoad, and it’s not a sea, even, it’s an ocean, but it doesn’t matter because the ocean kills everything eventually one way or another, it’s a metaphor for life, remember, and it’ll eat you or drown you or starve you or I don’t know, some other ocean death mechanism.. Poison? Hit by a cruise ship?

So yeah, you can fill in the rest yourself but I thought it worked pretty well at the time.

Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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