I haven’t written anything in English in a while, so today I thought of writing an entry about something that caught my attention the other day. It was a comic strip made by an Argentinian cartoonist called Liniers.
It had a single frame with a drawing of two penguins sailing on a boat and a storm approaching them.
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And the two penguins were having the following conversation:
Penguin A: “The storm is coming.”
Penguin B: “Without storms, nothing moves. Nothing changes.”
Penguin A: “You’re right.”
Penguin B: “Let’s go to the storm!”
It’s a simple drawing, but if you think about it, it has an important reflection: Storms could represent challenges and tough situations life brings. Maybe the artist is suggesting for us to go face those things, to go into the storm instead of running away from it. It could seem like a daunting task or like something that would take a lot of effort to get through, but if we take these storms as they come, they can help us change and grow, so in a way, they are necessary for life to move on.
If they didn’t come, we’d be sailing on smooth water all the time and, though that may seem enjoyable, you could feel like you’re stuck there after a while, just floating on the surface without really going anywhere. That makes me remember a quote I once read, that said that life shakes you up so you don’t fall asleep and I think that’s a good thing.
There’s also a famous English proverb related to this, isn’t it? “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” So next time we see a storm coming, let’s see it as a chance to learn and become stronger while going through it.
I don’t know if you’d already heard of this cartoonist, but if you hadn’t, please check him out! It could be a good practice for those learning Spanish, and even for those who aren’t, they have translated many of his comics into English too. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr.
Thanks for reading!