Paddle Your Own Canoe
At some point last week I decided that I was fed up of buying bottles of water and wanted to invest in a thermos. I’m a big fan of tea and water so I wanted something lightweight and easy to carry, I required one of a great build quality as well. I searched online and found AIDA Shoreditch where I spotted a Men’s Society Water Bottle with the engraving Paddle Your Own Canoe.
What’s so captivating about the inscription?
Well it pretty much sums up a lot of this week to be honest. Dealing with others in work and business, you often learn to have patience with colleagues, business partners and even yourself, however that isn’t to be confused with resting on your laurels when it comes to having patience with yourself.
I gravitated towards that inscription because every time I take a sip of water I acknowledge that every thought, action, and motive should be that of progression. Put yourself in a position where it matters not what others around you are doing, what people outside that think, or the decisions being made by others no longer affect you.
Paddle your own canoe, take control of your own vessel and set sail. A coalition is tough to navigate as there are shortcomings, there are differences of direction, there is also a difference of perspective and experience; what is of grave importance to others means nothing to me, as there’s no limitation on my view.
I roll my eyes, I sigh, I pull that face when reacting to something I find questionable but I’m running out of strikes and fucks to give. Paddle your own canoe, steer your own progression, set sail on your own vessel, you’re already on the road behind your own steering wheel so why be a passenger?
Yes bamboos bend in the wind but there’s only so much gusts you can accommodate. I think it’s time to reconsider the position I play and concentrate on paddling my own canoe because there’s only so long you can polish and wax your oars and attend to the duties at the club house ashore or on the river bank.
Its time to make your way downstream, navigate through the black and white water rapids till you end up where the mouth of the river meets the ocean. Maybe that’s where you’ll find what you’re looking for rather than twiddling your thumbs in unison feeling stagnant.
Paddle your own canoe, get moving
(My new mantra found inscribed on a £25.00 water bottle. Imagine that…)