It is my hope that putting this voice out into our world has value, not only for me, but for others, as well. I admit to sometimes entertaining dreams of it going viral, of infecting the world with my vision. But most of the time I am content to be motivated by Gandhi's assertion: whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Into unknown depths

Vision Quest, February 2002, Fish Hoek. During the initial days of this amazing process, all the participants are given a task, by Judy and Valerie, that is to be completed in the days before going to the mountain. Mine is to swim out to the buoy that bobs around in the sea in front of their house, quite a good distance from the beach and off the cat walk. I planned it for the Saturday morning, the day before our departure to the mountains. The idea to swim at sunrise was my own. And my plan was to sit in stillness on the beach, waiting to enter the water in the moment that the sun broke above the horizon - a kind of soundtrack in light to a heroic moment in my journey. An imagined blue sea on a warm and windless February morning. The aim of the task from Judy and Valerie’s side was to feel the support of the water, and the fact that one could flow through it, supported by it.

At this stage there was very little public awareness of the danger of sharks in Fish Hoek.