For most of us, summer includes at least one excursion to the sea. Still, not everyone looks at its waters in the same way. Some of us see an ocean of possibilities: swimming contests and playful splashes make for a veritable playground in the waves. Others find comfort in the quiet surf, floating with the waves to tune out the world around us. Others see a darker side to the tide, a danger of drifting away, or the shadow of sharks lurking under the surface. After all, uncharted waters are anything but predictable.
The sea offers many lessons to us, but perhaps the most important one is its mystery. The ocean can go from calm and placid to thrashing and turbulent in a matter of minutes. Change - unexpected, sometimes unwelcome- is not only natural but necessary. There’s a reason why the sound of rolling waves is so soothing to human ears. It’s a reminder that though tides may rise and fall, we can almost always weather the storm simply by learning how to float. Nobody can control the tide, but a person may yet learn to swim.