An ominous eerie sight suddenly appears on the horizon as I walk toward the Forth of Firth. Ships now docked here once being used in their own specific ways line the harbor inlet. Working ships. Mechanical, gigantic, rusted and lonely. Far different yet uncannily the same in design than the ships of long ago. No sails, no cannons, no scurvy. No menacing captain barking fierce orders. No slaves trapped in lower cabins awaiting the hopes of life anew but really certain death and sorrow. "Where there is life there is hope" they say. Not in those days. Comparing the two era's separated by centuries I can't help but feel sad looking at the harbor now. What has changed? Yes, metal and steel fabrication has changed and diesel engines now power these fierce beasts. The deep water just off shore marked with chain link fence makes me feel uncomfortable. No gradual beach here. No sand and not a friendly shore. It's dark cold water has a sad history. Many ships only left shore just a few kilometers out then promptly sank leaving a trail of whatever family or friends had remained on shore wrecked as well. There are places out here where you are not permitted to travel near or to scuba to due to the wrecks. Everything was lost. Treasures, lives, hopes and dreams drifted to the bottom of the North Atlantic.
This is a working harbor although not a busy one. Just meters further down marks the spot of the famous Royal Yacht Britannia. Which was out to sea at the time.
Are we still not slaves of our own era? Slaves to the J.O.B with the B.O.S.S. Slaves to the car payment, the mortgage and our busy schedules. All neatly organized on our smartphone. When is our time our own? When do we schedule in nothingness? Doing nothing is healing, rejuvenating and a spawn for inspiration, creativity and change.
These old ships - some do nothing now. Looking past the eeriness of this harbor into the deep ocean of secrets and mystery, I am reminded about freedom, exploration and the art of taking a step back and doing nothing.
As for me - I choose FREEDOM.