A pontoon boat is a small shell that really floats most of the time, it has an engine you use to get it from A to B and to move it faster and is usually used to fish on. However, down south I have seen it used to pull people on inter tubes and knee boards and to even pull families of children(including second or third cousins) behind it. We Southerners are known for inventive things like this that you know is going to end up on the Televisions of America under the File America's Funniest Home Videos; or on YouTube with a million hits.
Last night we all sat around on New Years eve sharing these stories about people getting so drunk they parked way up on the banks, or lost cell phones, or how our Uncles or Fathers made sure to be home by 4pm because they had to "make martini time". You can look at this judgmentally or you can see it as it is which is a commentary on how common it is in the South (I cannot speak for every other region) to drink and drive and how for some reason we associate fishing with that sport of drinking with a huge cooler and it does not matter if you catch a fish but if you have a real good time. People seem divided on this issue; but now that I am older and mellower I can just look at it and laugh and shake my head surprised we all lived through this time in our lives when we were being pulled on inter tubes by uncles that were cussing, raising hell, and drinking like fishes while whirligigging us down the river.
I realized today how apt the analogy is for our lives to some extent. We are all on boats down the river. Some of us are riding on intertubes with other people driving it. Some of us are driving pontoons, some canoes, some house boats, some sail boats, some yachts, some barges, or paddle boats...but we are all on that river. I have had people tell me," you just try to hard to paddle" or "you steer the boat too much" you should just "go where the river takes you"....they might be right. However, I tend to think that if you don't paddle or steer you might get stuck or beeched somewhere and that I would like to drive my own damn boat (thank you very much) and not get pulled around on a knee board for the rest of my life. You can call that controlling or very astute depends on whether you are a glass "half full/half empty" kind of person.
So here we are all on boats, driving down or up a river all headed toward somewhere we either have plotted on a map or :just sense" in our gut. You can always stop at a clearing and set up camp for a spell but at some point you do have to get back on that boat and travel the river because it does flow on, and you cannot remain stagnant.
Something to think about....What kind of boat are you riding down the river of life on? Do you even have a boat or are you letting someone pull you through? Are you the captain or co-captain that shares with your family members your boat? What map are you reading? Did you even know you had one? What rules are you going to maintain this year on your boat and for your life?
Have a wonderful NEW YEAR this year! THANK YOU once again for the Gift of your time! Please share in the comments below some answers to these questions if you do not mind....