Life Is An Eternally Sinking Ship

Over the past couple of months, I have begun to realize one hidden fact about life …

And it is that life is like an eternally sinking ship …

An eternally sinking ship is the perfect analogy to compare life to, because our lives without any exceptions behave so …

 

What do I mean by this?

To understand this, you will have to first understand what I mean by an eternally sinking ship.

Ever wondered what happens when a ship has a hole in the hull? Do you know what is going to be its fate?

It will sink as soon as it gets filled up with water, right?

So what does an ‘eternally-sinking ship’ mean? Simple. A ship that is eternally sinking, but never actually sinks completely.

How can this be?

Well, think about yourself sailing away on a ship far away in the middle of the ocean. Imagine that the ship has a sudden leak in its hull, filling it up with water and threatening to drag you to the bottom of the ocean. You realize that you are in grave danger if you don’t fix everything up and rush to fix up the damage. You get your machinery, manpower and what not to the damaged part of the ship and you fix up the mess, while also pumping out all of the water that has entered the ship.

Finally, you succeed in fixing the leak and are still afloat.

You are glad that you were able to fix up the mess …

But then …

You get bad news …

Another leak has appeared in the ship that is either as dangerous as the one you just fixed or maybe even worse …

And then another …

And another …

AND ANOTHER!

You go crazy and scramble to fix them all before you end up in the middle of the ocean. You and your ship’s crew work overtime to make sure that everything remains intact and you are still afloat. Alas, you were able to fix up the leaks once more …

Until …

You get news that even more leaks have sprung up once more across the ship’s hull!

And then another …

And another …

AND ANOTHER!

Frustrated yet?

Can you imagine just how insane this will drive you?

Or are you a glutton for punishment and want more?

If you are like most people, you will very likely go crazy and feel like jumping off the ship or something like that …

 

So why do I give you this strange analogy that doesn’t make any sense?

Simple.

I have realized that life behaves pretty much like an eternally sinking ship. It doesn’t matter how much you may fix it up, because it will eventually fall apart again … and again … AND AGAIN!

In other words, your life is like the ship. The leaks in it are the problems that you are going to be facing throughout life. There is no such thing as fixing up a leak once and being ‘set’ forever. On the contrary, you will have your life fall apart almost every single day, albeit at often very unnoticeable levels.

 

If you want examples of just how your life is an eternally sinking ship, here are a few that will help you understand exactly what I am talking about …

  • The bills keep piling up.
  • The garbage keeps accumulating.
  • Health issues keep cropping up.
  • The taxes will always have to be filed.
  • The business needs to constantly keep running.
  • You will constantly be having this problem and that problem and this problem and that problem day after day …

So as a whole, you are pretty much busy your entire life fixing these holes and leaks in your ship. And just when you thought that the leaks had been fixed, you get news that there is another leak that has sprung up. For example, you manage to finally pay off all your current bills, only to be delivered bills for the next month and on and on and on …

 

To sum it all up, the fact is that we are all living on an eternally sinking ship.

It doesn’t matter who you are in this world because this analogy applies to everyone without an exception. Your life is an eternally sinking ship just like that of everyone else’s.

To add to the misery is the fact that the ship will sink eventually, for nobody is immortal. So yeah, no matter what you do, your ship will sink eventually, despite your best efforts to keep the thing running.

 

 

I know that reading the above is not something you wanted to come across. But that’s the truth about life. You can either accept it or make the most of your life, or you can stay ignorant and end up a wreck.

So what are you to do about it? How do you deal with this ‘eternally sinking’ nature of life?

You do the following …

 

1.) Accept the nature of life

This is something that you cannot escape from. No matter how much you fight the truth, the fact is that life is an eternally sinking ship.

Therefore, the very first thing you do is accept that you’ll be dealing with holes and leaks until the last day of your life.

 

2.) Schedule up a routine maintenance of your ship

What I mean by this is that you will need to ‘routinize’ the maintenance of your ship. You cannot be living under the delusion that after you finally fix all the leaks, that you’re set for life.

On the contrary, you’ll have to deal with the leaks that are going to appear in the next hour, next day, next week, next month, and next year, on and on and on …

Therefore, create a fixed time slot in life at regular intervals for fixing the leaks. This will free up your time to do other things, while at the same time also ensuring that the leaks don’t sink your ship.

For example, I outsource the fixing of the following leaks in my ship to Saturdays or Sundays, so that I will not have to worry about them at any other time of the week …

  • Cutting my nails
  • Cutting my hair
  • Shaving
  • Recycling waste
  • Major cleaning up the house
  • Scrubbing the bathrooms clean
  • Archiving or deleting emails
  • Refueling and repairing my ride
  • Etc …

These tasks take me a few hours, but after I’m done with them, I don’t have to deal with these leaks for the next one week.

 

3.) Focus on a higher goal in life

Life has more in store to offer than a few annoying leaks that you must constantly keep busy fixing.

Figure out what interests you and are passionate about and spend your time focusing on that. Once the trivialities of life like the leaks are eliminated, you will find a greater deal of mental clarity to handle the more important things in life, whatever that means to you …

The ‘focus’ here can be just about anything that you find to be of interest …

  • Your hobbies
  • Business
  • Fitness
  • Charity
  • Family
  • Children
  • Gardening

In general, the things that come under this list are everything other than the annoying and trivial things in life that have the potential to do grave damage.

 

 

As a whole, know that we are all living on eternally sinking ships and we are left with but two choices …

Either to create a routine to fix them up in a planned way and make the most of life …

Or ignore the leaks, maybe fix them up every once in a while … and perhaps sink to the bottom …

So …

What’s your choice?

 
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