A simple phrase, “just let the river take you away.” I know it may not mean anything to others, but to me it is something to think about. All rivers go somewhere and their beginnings and ends are usual different than the journey downstream.
My background is very different than those I associate with today in New York. Things I find common or normal are viewed very differently here. I am very old fashioned and still don’t understand many “new” aspects of life. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
But someway or another things change and we are all forced to adapt. I’ve had to adapt and as much as I want to go against the current to the beginning, I just let the river take me away.
I’m on the journey now and there are some strange and unique things along the way. But the good thing about it is soon enough something new comes along and things upstream are out of sight and out of mind. You can’t cling to the past as a new bend will await you and who knows what can be around the corner.
At the end of the river is always the ocean, a vast openness with no restrictions on where to go, what to do, or who to see. Some get stuck on a downed tree and never are able to leave. Some take detours to stay a little longer.
Then there’s me, I want the quickest way to the ocean. The river is not the place for me. It is still a long journey down the river, but there are ways to make it go smoother and quicker. I’ve found a shortcut, taking it, not looking back.