I have learned many things about the ocean and its inhabitants by watching documentaries and several TV mini-series. I have been amazed by the palette of colors the ocean is able to use to paint itself, the varied species of creatures who contribute to life under the sea and the vast array of reefs and wrecks still waiting to be explored further. But I learned more from the bubbles than I did from the documentaries.
Scuba divers follow their bubbles to the surface when they don’t know which way is up. When they are so far into their dive that they become immersed in their surroundings, those bubbles are the true measure of reality. Divers can become so convinced that the path they are following is the best path for them that they become disoriented and swim sideways, not realizing that their journey may put them in peril. Sometimes the simplest solution is the one that helps you the most.
The more I began to think about that, the more I realized that those bubbles represent the most important people in our lives. When we find ourselves a little lost or unsure of where we are headed, we look to those people for support and guidance, knowing they will always lead us to the place where we can once again catch our breath and feel like we are above the surface of our problems.
The ocean diffuses the light, just like life diffuses our perceptions. We may feel weightless in the ocean, we may feel hopeful and trust our feelings, but our feelings can play tricks on us just like the light can alter our judgement.
No matter how lost you feel or what your brain may tell you, trust those bubbles. They will always lead you in the right direction.