A time of (immediate) need

I can see the shoreline. Almost there.

What if I don’t make it?

Just focus on paddling. Right stroke, left stroke, right stroke – splashing water.

Got to go.

Desert. Wasteland. Not a drop of water. Think. Focus. Dry. Desert. Cracks through brown crusty earth. Wilted flowers. High hot sun beating down on you. Dry lips. Dehydration.

WATERFALL!

No waterfall. Just a towering dry rock surrounded by dust.

WE’RE NOT GETTING ANY CLOSER!

Look, you can see the waves hitting the shore now, you’re getting so close.

Yes, I can, I can hear the waves. I CAN HEAR THE RUSHING WATER.

Hold it, marine

MARINA?!

Wrong choice of words, soldier

I CAN’T HOLD IT!

Right stroke, left stroke, desert, wilted, dry.

WATERFALL, WAVES, MARINA

Whose in control?

MY MICTURITION REFLEX

Whose in control?!

ME, I hope

And what are we going to do about it?

Just keep paddling, JUST KEEP PADDLING

 

 

The conversation in my head as we near shore after a long paddle, after working hard to stay hydrated, is not always a pleasant one.

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2 thoughts on “A time of (immediate) need

    1. Hahaha, that’s great 🙂 Thanks for sharing the cute pic (I was curious what the photo would be…). The water was probably warmer afterwards 😉
      By the way, seeing you’re in Australia, have you read Fearless? I just finished it yesterday.

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