Before I got into competitive rowing I sport-fished, and think I still hold the IGFA world record for Women Atlantic Bonito on 8 lb. test line. It wasn’t a huge fish but the line was very light and the lure was small, making it a lot more challenging to hook the fish and reel it in without breaking the line. The fish were too smart to grab anything bigger and heavier. Its like that when lures tempt us to go in the wrong direction or trick us into intending and aligning with what we don’t want.
We’re like fish in that we’re not so easily misled when the lures are glaringly obvious, like things, relationships and experiences that are overtly harmful, dangerous, addictive or socially and politically unacceptable. We may deny the risk and take the bait, but we know the danger exists. Its different when the lure is subtle and the line is almost invisible, and when we’re feeling particularly susceptible and vulnerable to external changes and forces, and when the only thing that warns us to swim the other way is the inner voice of intuition.
The lure and line is well camouflaged in so-called “experts”. They’re everywhere..in the media, politics, the workplace and even in our family and social networks. You’re ready to burst forth in creative self-expression but the career experts tell you that 100% mirroring the company, job description and hiring manager is the only possible path to earning a wage. You’re ready to shift into a more independent life infused with meaning and purpose but the life planning experts tell you that holding on to every dollar is imperative to survival and almost all small businesses fail anyway.
There’s simply too much fear noise to tune out. But we can choose in each moment, individually and collectively as a culture, to accept uncertainty, to follow our intuition, and to swim freely, naturally and unhooked in the unstoppable current of evolution.