Updated: Apr 18, 2022
Water is fluid. We're born out of water. Our bodies are composed of over 60% water. It's essential to life and we could not exist without it. Water also represents change and transcendence. It's why so many of us seek the ocean or a lake when we want to unwind and rejuvenate ourselves.
Even when I lived in the city, I gravitated toward water. There were two running paths near my condo. I always looked forward to ending my work day there with a run. Now that I'm living in the country, I'm surrounded by water and nature every day. It's where I feel comfortable. I thought everyone felt comfortable around nature, but I was surprised to learn that's not true. During a summer course in college, the professor asked the students in the class whether they felt comfortable when they thought about a hike in the woods. I was one of only two people in the class to raise my hand. That was years ago, and that's surely changed due to the promotion of environmental awareness. But, it stuck with me, and I learned to view it as a gift.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. If you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. If you put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend." — Bruce Lee