“It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.”
That’s another one of my favorite quotes in Wallace J Nichols book, “Blue Mind” which I’m on part 2 of a three-part series writing about. If you missed part 1 yesterday, I hope you go back and read it first, please.
“I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope”. That’s another one said by the character”Red”, Andy Dufrene’s prison friend in the movie, Shawshank Redemption. The two spent years in prison; “Red”, most of his life for that matter. And when he got out to go meet Andy, the hope of a blue ocean kept him alive.
One of the main focuses of “Blue Mind” is pointing out how studies show that all five of a person’s senses are stimulated in a positive way by water. For instance, sight. The sight of water — it’s color, shininess and perpetual motion (or lack of) are all intriguing to the mind. They say that water has no memory and that is one thing that humans like — we stare into it putting our own mind into neutral, not thinking about the past or the future. Just living the moment.
I think that is why fishing is so popular. That isn’t in the book, but I base it on a 62-year study in which I have been a regular participant.
I can’t tell you too much about it, but I will tell you how the book ends. Oh, don’t worry, it isn’t like a murder mystery or a thriller novel that will be ruined by knowing the ending. In fact, the ending will probably make you want to read the book. And it’s one of the nicest things that anybody could ever say to you:
“I wish you water.”