There is a Tide in the Affairs of Men

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“There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.”

Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3

And Helen Keller Rice said:

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”


This post has a bit of a background.


  1.  The evening before my knee replacement, on 10 Feb 2020, my wife and I had pizza at Blouberg. I was more than a bit despondent. Because of an Achilles injury, I could not hike for more than a year. I visited the Biokineticist weekly for 6 months and I really get well and fit. I look forward to an active December holiday in Transkei and Hogsback. I dream of all the hikes and cycling. On 10 December, when I get out at Dwesa, my knee is too sore to walk. All my dreams of walking km’s gone. Including the dream to visit Disas on Table Mountain in Feb 2020.Devils Peak

    As I look at Table Mountain on the eve of my operation, thinking of all my good times on that spectacular piece of sandstone, I decide that my first real hike with the new knee will be Devils Peak. Not too long, not too difficult, but still a serious hike.  During Lockdown, walking as much as possible, I decided that 6 months is a mile stone in the healing process. 5 September is the first Saturday of Spring, just short of 7 months.

    Either, I am a Devils Peak Hero (and I kept a Devils Peak Hero in the fridge for a long time to celebrate at beacon top), or I will fail trying.


  2. The second background story I read this morning on Linkedin.Salute In 2006 he started working as delivery man at R300 per week. What he saw in the houses where he made deliveries became an inspiration.  That inspired him to enroll for Matric in 2007. Not an easy feat for somebody who left school after Standard 6 due to circumstances. In 2007 his name was in the newspaper – he has a Matric Certificate. 2008 he got a job as gardener. Later a better job where Matric was a requirement. On 18 Aug 2020 he received his certificates – a National Diploma in Law and an LLB from UNISA.

My own dream of Devils Peak fades to nothing against this accomplishment.


That is what made me think of the Shakespeare quote above.

We have to accept the challenges. We have to challenge ourselves. Everything we dream of, lies beyond or comfort zone. Everything we want, requires us to take another step higher. That is where fortune lies, says Shakespeare.

And if we stay at the bottom, looking up at Devils Peak, dreaming about Disas, but never venturing out? If we stay in the position as a delivery man, just envying the people who receive the deliveries?

Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

The best part is – it lies with us. I must take the chance that I may not get to beacon top on Devils Peak. But, unless I take the risk, I will never know.

Unless we take the first step, unless we keep on putting a foot on the next step, we will never know.

Price vs Reward

Following our dreams has a price tag. But achieving our dreams has a reward. As long as the reward outweighs the price, it is fine!

Not following our dreams, also has a price. Perhaps the most costly price of all! Is there a reward, though?

I’d rather die trying, than die with the wish.

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