Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. — Albert Einstien
I recently went on a bioluminescence kayaking tour and learned a lot about kayaking, nature, biology, and success. According to Oxford Dictionaries, bioluminescence is, “the biochemical emission of light by living organisms.”
We spent two hours driving through dusk to get to the tour. It was dark, and we spent the first hour learning the basics, putting on the heavy gear, and getting all settled in before we even left the land.
Our group began to paddle beneath the fog, with only our small lights to cut through the darkness ahead. Once we were halfway through the tour, something changed. As our kayak paddles moved through the water, the water began to light up, as if there were sparkles that were kissing our paddles. These “sparkles” were the bioluminescence that we came out to see, and it was unlike anything I had ever seen before.
It was amazing and each time we touched the water, we would see the bioluminescence once again. It didn’t last forever though. As we got closer to shore, the bioluminescence began to dim until we could not see it anymore.
This tour reminded me of life and our efforts to acquire success.
Sometimes, we have to spend a long time to even get to where we need to go. It takes a lot of preparation, and we encounter a lot of challenges that weigh us down. Once we start, it seems like there is only darkness ahead, with little hope, incentives, or progress to look forward to.
Yet, if we keep going, we may encounter that sparkle. It’ll be unlike anything we have ever seen, and it’ll blow us away and make us smile like never before.
It might not last forever, but that’s okay too. Life comes and goes and nothing is permanent. When we get to have these experiences, it makes our lives better, brighter, and gives us more hope.
We can hold onto these memories and cherish them, not so they cause us pain from holding onto the past, but as a memory of strength. These memories can serve as a reminder that we are strong, even if we are experiencing temporary challenges. It reminds us that if we keep going long enough, we might encounter that sparkle that we’ve been chasing. Often times, it comes when we least expect it, so we have to keep going. Persistence pays off, but only if you stay patient and keep going.Persistence pays off, but only if you stay patient and keep going. Click To Tweet
Life can be scary and it might seem like it’s full of darkness up ahead. Yet if you get out there, it might be better than you expect. You can learn a lot about yourself and the world around you, and grow as an individual. If you feel like you are in a rut, stuck in the same old routine, consider adding a new experience to the mix. You may be surprised at what you get.
These are the types of experiences I treasure. They make life a little richer, a little more beautiful, and add a few extra sparkles along the way.2