Until you have crossed an eddy line in some kind of boat without proper respect, you won’t appreciate the significance of an eddyline.  Without essential preparation and a skeptical anticipation before traversing that line where upstream and downstream current opposes each other, the inattentive consequence will land you in the water for a  sudden swim.  When negotiating an eddy turn,  the upstream current pushes at the front of your boat, while simultaneously the downstream current pushes on the back of it.  The differential between these two currents generates a powerful force which can spin a boat faster than the blink of an eye, and land you in the water just as fast.

Dancing aimlessly across a seemingly benign eddy fence can catch the uninitiated off guard, but soon  teaches a quick lesson never  to be quickly forgotten.  It is always the consequences of our mistakes, than the mundane routines of our  daily endeavors that make the most lasting impressions.   Boat stability or tippage is an experience something akin to the  difference between an easy trail ride and getting bucked off a horse.  The abrupt experience will be remembered much longer than the tame one.

Paying attention to eddylines is what life is all about.  We are always crossing them, always finding ourselves in various situations that contain conflicting currents.  Knowing which way to lean  before entering an eddyline is key to keeping your boat right side up.  Having a plan in the back of your mind, will increase the odds that you can keep your boat from getting flipped when unexpected circumstances surprise you. This fluid dynamic is a great metaphor for how we deal with any obstacle nature throws us during our time on the planet.

If you don’t know how to start a fire from scratch, then you better be sure to have matches and tinder in your back pack when entering the outdoors in bad weather.  Or, when entering a large forest in unfamiliar territory, you better have a compass, in case you get lost or turned around.  Anticipation is the key to survival. Just knowing which way to lean in a kayak when making an eddy turn can make all the difference between being upside down or right side up.

Life or death situations are often only a step away when  crossing the wrong eddyline and being ill prepared. Reading nature and properly interpreting her language, is the solution to recognizing ways to keep your boat afloat and nasty swims at bay. Like weather prognosticators who study the clouds, river people study water currents. Different clouds mean different things, just as do various currents found on any river. Paying attention to nature’s clues will help keep us from being clueless.

Learning from experience is the best teacher, The old saying  is true:  ” good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.” As it turns out,  experience isn’t so much  of what happens to people,  as it is really  more importantly about what people do  with whatever happens to them.

The best potential for  survival in any adventure or life path, is knowing how to be prepared for anything that might arise.  To refrain from doing anything out of fear of dying, is not really living.  Not crossing eddylines may be safe, but that leads only to a dull and boring life.  It reduces your chances of experiencing some of the lifes most exciting and cherished offerings. True balance is gained only by dancing on the edge. All eddylines of the world are the fulcrum for facilitating potential equilibrium.

If you want to keep your metphorical boat right side up,  pay attention to the eddyline of life  and anticipate which way to lean before crossing it.