‘Can you abate this wind lad?’
There are five critical steps to weathering a storm at sea.
– In most articles, books and guides the very first tip on surviving a wet storm in the middle of watery nowhere is to completely avoid it. There are usually small signs when a storm approaches; your boat radio signal may kidnap the original operators and replace them with ‘Parseltongue’ enabled ‘Horcruxes’…
The second thing you will be told is to idle at an approximately 45 degree angle, and basically ride it out. Thirdly; upon loss of power, deploy an anchor.
Fourth; wear life jackets… as many as you can manage to fit in to.
Fifth; record your GPS coordinates in case you need to call for help. –
I know that not many of us will ever get to experience a storm at sea, but there are other storms that we will have to deal with on an almost day to day basis. Applying these simple steps to our personal storms would be just as effective. When we go through a bad break-up or are betrayed, misused or perhaps misled our most common response is, “I never saw it coming!” Of course you did, only… we tend to cling on to our little moment until the storm comes, shakes our world and then throws us right in the pit of denial to weep and blame everything and everyone except (obviously) ourselves. We know it right from the start but we are human and as such we cannot be expected to avoid as many storms as we will encounter.
Riding out the storm is not a skill that very many of us posses either; we want to be the heroes of our own world, to prove to ourselves how tough and indestructible we are regardless… which almost directly throws us into tip number three: Upon loss of power, deploy an anchor! Why? Why would we do such a cowardly thing? Why would we cling on to someone else when we were made to – (What exactly?… Be alone? Suffer in silence?) You are no Atlas, regardless of how developed your biceps may be.
I have the most beautiful kitten in the world, he is one of my life jackets… then there is a specific blog I look forward to reading everyday and this also counts as a life jacket, not to mention the amazing few who would readily wrap around me just so that I float about instead of drowning. Calling for help is toughest, it means that we have accepted our vulnerability and incapability of making it through alone… we throw off the cape and the mask while screaming in pain and exhaustion. Being humble does not necessarily mean that we are weak, it just means that we have mastered the required skill to weather a storm, it means that we are prepared with both oars in the water.
If you’re more of a modern sailor and your boat has hydraulic steering make sure that the hydraulic lines are not made of copper, holding the wheel in this case puts your body directly in a ground path;
Watch the weather prognosis for the day or alternatively consult your intuition;
When the storm comes do not attempt to control the winds, unless of course you have found yourself in the majestic world of Earthsea as none other than Ged;
Make an effort to be a life jacket for those who do the same for you and most times you’ll find that the anchor and the life jacket are very closely related.
Unless you are George Clooney, please stay away from the capes and the masks! As homo sapiens we are naturally ridiculous, stick to being you…then entertaining others will come quite naturally!
Can I abate this wind? I most certainly cannot!The Archmage of Roke couldn’t do it alone and neither can you; even fantasy recognizes the need for companionship.
So should we!
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