I joined the crew a docker's son who'd learned how to swear from the sailors who frequented the port.
I knew that one day I'd be one of them, traversing the oceans to distant shores, never in one place for long, my life an exciting journey.
The reality was harsh: a life at the mercy of the wind, hands toughened by ropes, and a boy who became a man through a mixture of hard work and the camaraderie of those who toiled alongside him, no new place as romantic as the flights of fancy of his childhood.
But that was before the night the stars fell.
I was on deck as experienced hands navigated dangerous waters, and I watched as they streaked across the night sky and crash landed in the water, shooting stars enough for a million wishes, and close enough to touch. And I knew then why this was the life of my choosing, why I found myself in waters a thousand miles from home, and my only wish was that I continue my journey and experience what was yet to come.
Life is rarely what you bargain for. It throws you curveballs and pulls you off course, each route it offers littered with distractions. But even as it diverges from your expectations, life has a way of offering you shining moments, times you'd never trade if you could live it all again. So embrace whatever life throws you and continue your journey. How else will you discover what happens next?
Media: Acrylic and mixed media
Surface: Box canvas
Size: 20cm x 38cm x 1.5cm [depth]; 7.87" x 14.96" x 0.59" [depth]
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