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Last night on the motorway I saw a speed camera flash a car on the opposite side of the road. Poor guy, I thought. A split second later, I saw another flash but this time it was red and blue being emitted from an ambulance rattling past us - maybe to rescue a victim of speeding. Poor guy, I thought.
It's funny how things work, almost in a paradoxical way, but they work. Such is life. Randomness, human error and the precariously thin ice we skate on; mean that in order to maintain balance in our lives, we are constantly juggling. It is this juggle struggle that has kept us on our toes and at the forefront of evolutionary innovation.
Now, let's apply this to you.
In your life - at home, at work, at leisure, at pleasure and the rest - you will have to navigate your ship through storms, hail stone and creatures from the deep. The storms are the uncontrollable hazards, hail stones are the curve balls other people hurl at you and the creatures from the deep are your own internal emotional and psychological monsters. It is a fact. It's set in stone and in plaster of Paris - these things will present themselves to you.
What are you gonna do? The ghostbusters' phone line is engaged. Now what?
1. Storms - Hazards that are unpredictable and out of your control
In a real storm, if you don't want to get fried you better get inside! It is recommended that you head to shore as quickly as possible. In other words, don't be too egotistical to retreat, gather yourself and come back stronger. Whether you are hit by a death in your family or a redundancy at work - have some time to yourself, to calm down, think and galvanize.
2. Hail stones - an onslaught of curve balls and courage-demanding predicaments
According to SafeAmerica.org, hail storms rarely last more than 15 minutes. This means that torrential downpour of bullsh*t will subside, if you have the courage to keep swimming through it.
If you're going through hell, keep going - Winston Churchill
It is also advised that you don't leave your vehicle. If your life is accelerating and you come across curve balls, don't you abandon your journey for no buccaneers! With experience you'll learn how to circumvent them and even use them for fuel to energise your pursuit.
3. Creatures from the deep - internal issues that brew and breed
Monsters lurk beneath the surface within everyone. Some of us are more adept at taming them, but the vast majority nurture wild raging beasts. Depression, anxiety, insecurity, low self-esteem and all of those inner satans are very real - they don't go away unless addressed with cooperation. Show me a movie where an alien or monster is defeated single-handedly. People will come to your aid when you least expect it and most need it, through knowledge and support. Your duty as captain is to keep the ship steady, hold on as tight as you can and celebrate when you're plain sailing again.
Being the captain of your boat means you have control over your destiny. How fast and how unscathed you arrive will stand the test of the aforementioned elements but whatever you do, get there.