Don’t rock the boat

Don’t rock the boat

When I was young, I used to love listening to Bob Marley singing:

“Please dont you rock my boat,
cause I dont want my boat to be rockin anyhow;
Please dont you rock my boat, no,
cause I dont want my boat to be rockin
Im tellin you that, oh, ooh-aah, I like it a-like a-this”

And I used to picture him sitting in a boat, in the stillness of the night and water, full moon, totally relaxed and chilled. Why would anyone want to be disturbed in that state?

Fast forward 15 years or so, and I knew I had to make some serious changes in my life. But at the back of mind, all I kept thinking was “don’t rock the boat, Sara…” And I seriously thought that something dreadful would happen if I did. What about all those I would upset? Would I be able to face their anger and displeasure? Would I be able to face not pleasing them?

During a counselling session, my counsellor asked me what was stopping me from making the changes I desperately needed, to which I replied “I just don’t want to rock the boat.”

Thanks Bob Marley.

“That’s interesting,” she replied. “What would happen if you rocked the boat?”

Well. Let me tell you what happened.

I rocked the boat, anyhow. And it caused ripples. Which caused more ripples. And they all glistened and twinkled under the full moon, in the stillness of the night.

And it turned out that I like it a-better like this.

So, if you need to rock your boat, give it a try and you may be pleasantly surprised, or in any case it may be well worth the effort.

As my brother-in-law once said to me, “If you don’t crack any eggs you will never make an omelette.”

Happy full red moon, everyone.

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