It all started with a small group of spectators who were totally self absorbed in their own business as they soaked up the sun and gazed out to sea.
Then opportunity presented itself. When opportunity knocks I say, “Dive right in!”
It would seem that hungry pelicans were not the only hungry hunters. On this day, the hunter became the hunted as a young man hooked a shark on his fishing line.
Things in the cell phone viewer ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR! I realized the fighting shark was in my personal space! Ah…the things we do to get the shot!
Nothing like an hour long fight with a shark to catch the attention of beach goers enjoying a magnificent day. They came together as one – all for the common goal of rooting for the young man holding the rod.
So here is where the story takes a turn. I was part of the group of spectators as I ran up and down the beach while the shark tried to free himself for a good 45 minutes. Then, a very nice lady started a conversation, and before I knew it the young man, the shark, and the spectators were way down the beach – all gathered close – and I knew the shark was on land.
Yes…I ran as fast as I could to get there, but I missed it!
The dad had the shark by the tail and was pulling him back in the water. (Take notice of the kayaker who was not paying attention.)
And then he set the very tired shark free. (Notice what happens to the kayaker when he realizes where he is and what just happened!)
The spectators erupted in applause and whistles, and the young man beamed with pleasure. It was his first catch and I can imagine the pressure he was under with all the expectant followers not only watching his every move, but moving up and down the beach with him.
Here are a few things I take away from this experience:
1). Perseverance and dedication pay off. The young man danced with that shark for over an hour.
2). Strangers can come together for a common goal. I’m certain there were many in the crowd with different political, philosophical, and ethical ideals, but for that hour they shared in the quest and eventual success of capturing that shark.
3). If you take your eyes off the prize, for even a moment, you can miss it! Don’t get sidetracked when you have a goal. Keep your focus!
4). You won’t have regrets for the decisions you make – If you make them with full awareness. I was a little disappointed I didn’t get a shot of the shark when he was on land, but the lady I spoke with was so nice and I enjoyed spending time with her.
5). You just never know what kind of gifts the day has in store for you! Wake up and expect miracles and then keep your eyes wide open.
What a marvelous life!