Voyager: Navigating Essential Life Advice (A Poem)

The ups and downs of our existence can sometimes leave us feeling a little lost; searching for something that encourages us to make sense of all the challenges, changes and emotional complexities that we experience.

I’m aware life can sometimes feel like a storm; you either see it coming and can prepare for what lies ahead, or you’re taken by surprise as a deluge leaves you scrambling for cover. If I could share some advice about life in general, it’s that even the darkest most heavy lingering clouds will eventually clear and bring fresh, new possibilities.

A poem by Molly from Transatlantic Notes called, ’Voyager’ that reads: Navigate the stars and oceans of what was, and sail among what could be. Find yourself somewhere between longing and living; embrace the rough and the quelled sea. Taste the salt and chase the wind; sing with the birds at sunrise. Give time for cool mists to linger, but seek harbour under dark skies. Befriend the waves both high and low; let the cold dance over your skin. Warm yourself in fresh daylight; exhale the dawn and begin.

This poem was composed as a way to offer some advice about embracing all aspects of our lived experience; it’s a reminder that life goes through cycles. What may seem complicated, difficult or uncertain will give way to all that’s good, beautiful, life-giving and invigorating — take these moments in. Even the most terrifying winds and waves of life can be traversed; they may bluster and sting for a while but they will eventually calm.

When I am facing my own struggles I always think of the sea — at times harsh and unforgiving — but I take note that while the rain may dance on its surface; so does the sun.

Where is your voyage taking you? What advice about embracing life would you give?

Further Info:

NAMI Helpline – a free, nationwide U.S. resource that offers experienced peer-support guidance and advice

CheckPoint – global (by country) resources for mental health support

This is part of my M.T.N Poetry collection; please tag my Instagram and/or link to my Poetry Page if you share this on social media + do not edit my work or remove my name/website. If you wish to use my poetry in any other way, please contact me for permission.

14 thoughts on “Voyager: Navigating Essential Life Advice (A Poem)”

  1. What? This is amazing!! I love it Molly. “Exhale the dawn and begin” really had me thinking. Beautiful. 💛


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