Once upon a time, a dastardly villian took a girl out to sea and left her there in the water, in the dark. She knew she was in a struggle for her life. Although it was night and she could see nothing, she couldn’t tolerate just waiting. So she took off swimming in the direction she thought land was. She swam though the night until she was so exhausted that she could barely tread water. As the sun rose, she thought she could see land in the distance, but now that her energy was spent, her survival depended on staying afloat until someone happened to spot her and rescue her.
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Once upon a time a dastardly villian took a girl out to sea and left her there in the water, in the dark. She knew she was in a struggle for her life. But it was night and she could see nothing to guide her way. So she decided to just tread water until morning came up. As the sun came up, she was tired, but not spent. She spotted land in the distance and started swimming in that direction. Her survival now depended on whether she had the stamina to swim close enough to shore to be spotted by a rescuer or pull herself onshore.
This is one of the essays found in my book The Upside Down World’s Guide to Enjoying the Hard Life. You should go order a copy before you forget!