The stage has been perfectly set by the designer: the kayaks are carefully lined up with near military precision; the paddles are positioned off to the side where their whiteness contrasts with the colorful hulls; and peeking out through the trees is the small orange tent. All of this is framed by the autumnal trees in the background and the waters of Shallow Bay in the foreground. Our eyes are treated to a picture-perfect Pacific Northwest scene.
It’s beautiful but also the antithesis of how I see kayakers. They’re the folk who specialize in getting away from the strictures of urban life and crowds and lines.
I think this proves kayakers must be Gemini’s!
Gemini’s, the twins, must live a balanced life. When one aspect gets out of whack, we know it. Each person is a composite of many parts, but for Gemini’s this is even more pronounced.
Kayakers are individuals who love being alone in the midst of creation, free to dream and be enthralled without the baggage of institutions. Their kayaks are a means to explore and discover parts of the world inaccessible to many. Even when they travel in groups, they are dispersed, each in their own bubble.
Kayakers are also highly disciplined, well-trained in order to be free. It is necessary to embrace the rigors of training before being able to paddle off into the wilderness. It is essential to know what you’re doing, for the sea is an unpredictable force. One minute it is a gentle surface upon which to glide, and the next it is a tumultuous mess of white foam and steep waves.
Maybe it’s not just Gemini’s who need to give each side of their personality space. We all need to pay attention to the yin and yang of our lives. These kayakers remind me to do that.
I took this picture at Shallow Bay, Sucia Island in the Salish Sea. Beautifully framed it hangs in our living room. It’s also for sale at http://www.fineartamerica.com/helenworley.html.