Smooth Sailing

“She had the perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very, dangerous to live even one day.”  ―    Virginia Woolf,    Mrs. Dalloway

By: Gabriela Yareliz

This book is probably the weirdest one that has made it to my favorites, Mrs. Dalloway. It is one that completely disagrees with my philosophy about life, but it fascinates me nonetheless.

Most people hate this book, and I know why- I get it. It isn’t the easiest to follow or understand (stream of consciousness is really insane), but the book does get one thing right…Life is only for the brave. No one said things would be easy. It’s like we are soldiers, and we are in it to fight, and maybe give our lives.

One thing is sure… “a smooth sea never made a skillful sailor,” and gold that doesn’t go through fire never gets refined and purified.

Life is about who can withstand the storm and even if it knocks you off your feet while you’re on deck, will you stand back up again? Will you stay or abandon ship?

Life isn’t always a boat that is in a storm, but we hit our rough patches once in a while. It is when we reach the parts that soak us and seem they will destroy us, the parts that fill us with fear and uncertainty that we grow the most. Fortunately, we are never alone.

“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.”-William White

“Experience is a hard teacher  because she gives the test first and the lesson afterward.” -Vernon Law

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Anais Nin

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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