Fire and Oceans

Today was one of those days when I took time to be introspective, and to… hahaha… feed the soul, uh inner self… I can’t think of a more appropriate phrase, please pardon that icky phrase. Hahaha jokes.

Spent the morning indulging in new music, followed by a bit of writing whilst having lunch at the pub. I haven’t written much recently – seems to be a dearth of content in my thoughts. Well, to be honest, I haven’t really been in the right frame of mind to kick back and let
my thoughts wander. Not that I’m feeling down or anything; just lacking inspiration.

Things felt a little slow. Upped the tempo with some adrenaline in the form of some Formula 1 action. Well, no football so cars will have to do – but it was a pretty exciting race and I did learn a lot just watching and hearing the commentary. So much technical details and
rules, and not forgetting the human struggles. Yes, even from one race, the Mercedes Rosberg-Hamilton conflict was apparent to me. Lol.

Now to the highlight of the day, in a bid to inject some life into my Sunday, I watched Kon-Tiki – a Norwegian film nominated in 2012 for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s based on the true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl, who basically
drifted across the Pacific in 1947 on a handmade balsa wood raft made with the same materials people had 1500 years ago. For what? In order to prove that Peruvians were the ones who discovered Polynesia first, instead of the then commonly-held theory of Asians being the ones who settled the island first.

“That the oceans were not barriers, but roads;
Not impediments, but pathways.
I will prove that South American people sailed to Polynesia 1500 years ago.”
– Thor Heyerdahl

The man was nuts. He took risks and dived head-first into adventures. He challenged what he knew to be wrong and in the face of doubts and rejections – even from his own wife – Thor stuck to his convictions.
He set out to change perspectives, to broaden perspectives. Just because he had faith in what he knew to be right.

Explorer. Pioneer. Risk-taker.

Sometimes we need to take risks. Some things are worth going out on a limb for. Be it your convictions, your dreams, your beliefs, your loved ones… well, you know exactly what goes on this list, I need not elaborate.
But yeah, the film is a great reminder to live life with a fire.
A fire that rages within.
A fire that may threaten to die down, but it’s your fire to feed, to fan into flame.
A fire that burns from the inside out.
A fire that is apparent in the way you live out your life.

(And yes, I’ve realised how contrasting it is that I’m talking about fire when the film’s about men sailing across a huge body of water. Oh well. Totally intentional.)

Shall end off with this quote I came across in yet another film:

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

It all boils back down to perspective doesn’t it?

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