Snorkeling is an interesting metaphor for finding your way in life.
When you stay in shallow water, you can barely see what's in front of your face. The waves churn up the sand from the ocean floor, clouding your vision. You feel safe, but you're more likely to cut yourself on the reef.
The farther out you go, the deeper it gets, and the more clearly you can see things. It's scary out there. You worry you might drown, but if you relax, breathe deeply, and keep looking into the depths, your body naturally floats. You're actually safer in the depths. It's beautiful out there.
I came up with this idea, fully formed in my head while I was snorkeling @ Hanauma bay here in Hawaii, where I am right now. It felt surreal to think of this while I was alone and hearing only the sounds of the ocean. Most of my thoughts develop through writing, so this was a unique feeling for me. Update
: I wrote the preceding text back in August (http://bit.ly/qqr9Tn
), I'm re-posting it now. In the original post, I mentioned wanting to come back and take my own photo... I did that few days ago, so here's my old post with my new photo. I had to trespass to get this shot, which added to my excitement that I was getting something unique. I definitely recommend visiting Hanauma if you're in Oahu. :-)