Monday, November 24, 2014

The Battle


   This is the Battle. We are overwhelmed every day, every week, every month. Overwhelmed but not defeated. There is so much to keep up with, so much to remember, the list items regenerate as you cross other items off.  We get up early, go to work, deal with a china shop of personalities, drive to appointments and lessons, errands and more errands, shopping, paying the bills, sleeping too little, juggling, "We'll arrive between 1 pm and 5 pm" which means 4:59 pm on your only day off. We do that little extra that no one else sees or appreciates, we wade through a swamp of misunderstandings and perceptions. We talk people we care about off little ledges, we sigh and drop our heads because of that thing we forgot - heaven forbid. We do all this and and much more all while not living that dream we keep in the back of our heads.  We do what we have to do and try to live life in the process.
    There are times when we can get together with family or friends, have some drinks (if you drink), eat foods, listen to music, have conversations, play games, participate in something together, support one another and just enjoy the people we care about and enjoy the time. We can take time to find and have adventures, live a little bit of a dream, take time to go and do. This is the Battle against the mentioned stresses, this is what Firewater Sailors is all about. As people have be doing for generations all over the world, from culture to culture people have gathered and celebrated over a few drinks - or a lot of drinks. It is a part of us and important.
    When the call goes out we man our battle stations, sail into the strife and fight. Load the cannons and fire. We laugh, we drink, we eat, we sing, we dance, we yell, we hug, we are together, we have fun...we win.