Girl On The Water

I see this girl rowing her boat in the bay a lot. She lives on a larger boat, perfectly clean, with pretty red flags that catch and fling the wind to the shore and back. I wonder what it would be like to have the city behind you and the water all around every day. The rippling, magic water glistening as the city propped, crackling with bitumen, rises.

How does she do it in this city where people are pushed and pushed to acquire property; where they are pulled beneath the ground by debt and heartbreak? What must it be like to be a free spirit with the sights of the city as your backdrop? Knowing what we all know? Does it take an endless supply of courage or the highest form of independent thinking?

When I see the girl on the water, her oars gentle as waterlilies, I feel a kind of soaring that is half laughter, half tears. And I also feel anything is possible.

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26 thoughts on “Girl On The Water

  1. Oh, I hope you get the chance to talk to her Sel, find out more about her life, maybe visit the “big boat”. How cool is that. I would LOVE!!!! to live on the water. Another idea that I’ve always had is living in a lighthouse, wouldn’t that be something? Dangerous but romantic too. I wonder how many people still live in lighthouses now? I digress…

    Very nice post Sel, it made me feel tranquil. G

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    1. I know someone who lives in a lighthouse. it is incredible. It has this gorgeous wood panelling all through it and of course, fantastic views. At first it is weird being in there because everything is circular but you do get used to it. There are a few disused lighthouses down the south coast which come up for sale occasionally. I would love to buy one. Can you imagine? It would be like living in a book!

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  2. people who live on boats are a singular breed. a good friend lived on board a sailing boat here in the harbor for over a decade. fairly spacious for two people. concerns are so different. its a beautiful thing under full sail,(and yes they were always willing for adventure and took pleasure in company and pride in their knowledge of every little inlet along the shores) its a challenge in rough weather. and no matter how big, space is always an issue (except if its as big as the queen mary). as is every little thing we take for granted like electricity and hot showers. my friend is now a landlubber but she misses the boat life. except in winter ha ha

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    1. It would be hard in winter. I can imagine dampness must be an issue. And the cold. But in good weather there must be nothing like it. I would like to try it sometime. There would certainly be plenty of stories abounding as a result!!

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  3. Beautiful post Selma. 🙂

    I loved . . .
    “When I see the girl on the water, her oars gentle as waterlilies, I feel a kind of soaring that is half laughter, half tears. And I also feel anything is possible.”

    (I know that feeling, you’ve described it so well) x

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  4. It’s the city’s best kept secret, Selma – the cheapest way to live on the water 🙂 I would love to, as I’m sure you would given your love of boats

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    1. I suppose you have to buy the boat and pay for mooring fees etc. but it would be cheaper than your average Sydney mortgage. I’d really like to try it even just for a short time!

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  5. You picked up the message so beautifuly, and it’s wonderful how you pay attention, Selma.
    I’m not sure if I would investigate too much into the details of this human story, unless it happens by itself. The message you pick up is much more important than the reality behind it. “What must it be like to be a free spirit?” the question, the dream remains, even if you found out that she may not really be a free spirit or if her story turned out entirely different than you think.

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    1. You are so right, Klaus. Sometimes the real story is not quite so romantic and it is nice to contemplate the concept of being a free spirit. It seems like such a rare thing these days!

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    1. I know what you mean, Mags. I love having a garden. I would miss the trees and the flowers on the water. Maybe I should just get a little dinghy and tootle about. That would be fun. Then I would have the best of both worlds.

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    1. It would be an amazing type of existence out there on the water, wouldn’t it? Even just owning a boat would be fantastic. I would be out on it all the time. Maybe one day….

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    1. I wonder if people who live on the water for a long time find it dificult to sleep on land without the sound of the water. I’m sure it must be as hard to get used to as it would be for us to get used to the constant rocking!

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