Bringing the learning home (Australian Learning & Teaching Council)

Unknown waters

I took this picture while I was in Boracay (Phillipines) earlier this year. I think it captures my feelings towards my exchange trip (now exactly 5 weeks away) as I am going to set sail away from the known and into the unknown so to speak. I often look to one of my favourite quotes by Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


2 responses

  1. tonialeannegray

    Wow – very poignant indeed.

    Yes – “hearing the call” and “taking up the challenge” — very much akin to sailing a boat into unknown waters.

    This reminds me of another boating quote I love:

    ~ A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for. ~

    John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928

    So it is time to test your sails, let us know what rough seas, storms, or calm weather with idyllic glassy oceans are encountered along the way.

    December 7, 2010 at 6:42 am

  2. Jan Gothard

    Yes those mariners have a way with words! Fabulous photo too Sahil. I have no doubt that your voyage will be a rich one, especially as you have already started on the process of reflection, which is fundamental to learning – but I wonder whether it will take you just where you are expecting? Keep us posted on your journey – to Miami, certainly, but to all those other unguessed places too.


    December 7, 2010 at 8:13 am

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