We cut across the ripples on smooth water as we paddled out toward the river. As we came around the bend, the wind struck our faces and the water lashed out in confusion as we tread across the surface. Dark clouds loomed across the sky. As the water slapped against the boat, we shivered and wondered if this trip was a mistake. Our paddles bore down on the waves as we made our way to the first stop.
Here is another picture of the same trip:
Clouds hovered across dancing water lapping at the sides of the boat as the spray tickled our cold faces. We laughed as we splashed each other giving a shiver in reply. We worked our arms and legs in gentle retaliation to the current running against us. Soon we would enjoy rest and refreshment as a reward for our trouble.
Both of the stories are ways of looking at the same experience. We had never taken our kayak out in such cold windy weather before. We had a few moments of uncertainty thinking maybe we should call it a day and head back. Then, knowing we had the stability of a tandem Hobie, we decided to work it and enjoy the day.
Can you think of a story where you could tell the same experience with different feelings, meaning, or perception?
The beauty of writing is making the story what you want it to be. It is your story. I could think of my experience as hard work on a cold day or a new experience and adventure. The way you tell your story affects your attitude and memory of the experience.
How do you want to tell your story?