Open Water

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“You’re afraid of the water,” they said when Morgan bought the little sailboat, “why would you buy a boat?” They laughed when she said, “Just in case.”

It was true that Morgan feared the water, and so it was no surprise to anyone – Morgan included – that year after year the little boat stayed tied to its moorings in the marina, more of a floating apartment than anything else.  Despite her fears the sea called to her, but Morgan liked the certainty of dry land and floating safely here in the marina was as close as she would ever get to sailing off into the sunset.

One particularly stormy season when the wind threw Morgan and her little boat sharply against the piers one too many times, she realized the marina felt just as dangerous as the open water. It was time; Morgan cast off her lines and pointed the little boat toward the horizon and the open sea.


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Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

19 thoughts on “Open Water

  1. (most of us) prefer both the convenience and the forgiving nature of life in the marina. The horizon, from the perspective of one picking it as a destination, has neither shape nor form, character or personality. It’s surely the simplest (and most serious) acts of faith to set out for it.

    1. I kind of like that it has no true definition as a destination. That leaves it always open to interpretation, always a viable possibility for something new. Not knowing and heading out anyway is surely, as you said, an act of faith.

  2. This is a great metaphor for the choices we have in life. Sometimes it takes a “storm” to set us forward. I’m glad Morgan chose the path to overcoming her fear instead of retreating. Yay!

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