Life's Journey - "I Will Sail My Vessel Till the River Runs Dry"

Updated on March 26, 2018
jpesch1 profile image

Jane is a retired educator and now proud grandma. Writing has become a way to reflect on life's journey. Change is hard. Writing helps.

Wisconsin River
Wisconsin River | Source

Each Day's A Constant Battle

You know a dream is like a river. Ever changin' as it flows. And a dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes. Trying to learn from what's behind you and never knowing what's in store makes each day a constant battle just to stay between the shores.


Garth Brooks sang the song. The words describe the journey. The journey describes a life.

In anyone's life, you have an ever changing dream. A dream that meanders like a river, through past memories and choices along with battles that rage, in your head, between expectations and visions.

I hadn't thought about my life as a journey as I moved through my life; instead, each time I made a choice, I felt that it was my ultimate destination. But then, I would get to that spot and soon find myself thinking "Am I here? Is this it? Am I supposed to be happy now?" And then the struggle would begin. I wasn't sure I was happy. I'd reach a point where I would feel like I had stopped moving, growing, dreaming. I was sitting complacently on the shore of this river called my life.

Source

I Will Sail My Vessel Til the River Runs Dry

I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry. Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky. I'll never reach my destination If I never try, so I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.

A destination is a fixed point, right? So, in one's lifetime, you would think that it would be easy to chart a course, navigate the waters, and, at some point, be thrilled to arrive at the place you had sought to find - ah...finally, my destination!

But, what if, as you are floating along, just focused on the day, not the lifetime, you see terrain that causes you to pause and take in your surroundings. And you say, " I like this moment." So you stop and you think that, hmmm, this could be the place. But is it your destination. Who knows for sure! You think that you could love this place, this person, these people, whatever it is that caused you to stop and smile.

Source

"Don't Put Off 'Til Tomorrow..."

Too many times we stand aside, and let the waters slip away. 'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow has now become today. So don't you sit upon the shoreline and say you're satisfied. Choose to chance the rapids And dare to dance the tide

But then it happens. That feeling. Something... someone is grabbing you by the collar and saying, "It's time to continue on your journey. You're not there yet!"

In the beginning, you struggle because you have become comfortable. Sitting on the shore has been quiet and safe. The days had developed a rhythm.

But something, someone is pulling you saying "Stand up. It's time to go." And you say, "But I'm afraid. I don't know what lies ahead." And something or someone reassures you saying, "Don't worry, fear is natural. But you can not let it stop you. It's time to move, time to grow again."

Source

Expect Rough Waters

There's bound to be rough waters, and I know I'll take some falls. But with the good Lord as my captain, I can make it through them all.

You have done this so often now that you know there will be rough waters. That's part of the fear. Do you have the strength to do it all again? There will be strange faces, strange places. Simple things won't be simple for awhile.

But you also know that the feeling is temporary. You've been through this before. Strange places will become new favorite places to be, strange faces will become your new best friends, and simple things will, all too soon, become simple one more time.

You know this is all true and because of that, there is a sense of excitement that mixes with the fears.

Then you stand up, strong and sure, and you say "Alright, let the journey begin again!"

Source

It's Not About the Destination. It's About the Journey!

I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry. Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky. I'll never reach my destination, If I never try. So, I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.

And so it's true, it's not about the destination. It's about the journey. Every place, every person, every moment along my path has given me the moments that have been my journey.

I see now that I will continue to stop, rest along a shore from time to time, but I have come to know also that, until I run out of river, my journey is not over. I must enjoy this time of rest, for tomorrow I may be traveling again! I understand now that my destination is just to follow the river!

Yes, I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry... 'til the river runs dry.

...You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows. And a dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes...

The River - sung by Scotty Mccreery

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)