Twice in my life I almost drowned. And yet, I have an attraction to water that is beyond explanation. For me, water is life and water is death. We grow in water and yet it can kill us. Go through a hard time and nothing makes you feel better than a good shower. Did you know that our bodies instinctively slow our breathing when our face is splashed in water - that's why it relaxes us.
Why all this talk of death and water?
A week ago, I had to deal with death again. It is always a struggle. At the same time it forces you to be in the now since any moment could be your last.
For me, water is our everything. We are born from water and when we die we lose all water (hence we go back to ashes). We need water to live and we can die in it. Water can be stressful but our automatic physical reflex is to calm down and slow our breathing when we feel water on our face.
I once learned that if the sun were to explode it would take 8 minutes and 20 seconds (500 seconds) until we would know it due to the speed of light.
So just like the boy in the picture with the waterfall behind him. Whenever I have a challenge that could pull me down, I just think to myself that if right now the sun explodes I have 500 seconds left to live my life. How do I want to spend that time? Angry, mad and anxious? Or calm, serene and full of appreciation for what I do have?
*Great quote below the picture
The gods envy us.