SOL2015 March 1 - Are You A Jellyfish Or A Salmon?
While sitting in
Adelaide airport today, waiting to fly home to after presenting
for A.L.E.A. (Australian Literacy Educators Association) on Saturday, I overheard a
couple talking. Their discourse was amicable, but one of them wanted to take
action while the other was quite content to sit and wait. They were discussing
flight connections. ‘It’ll be fine. Don’t worry, it’ll be fine. Let’s just
wait and see,’ said one. ‘But I think we should
go and ask, said the other. Melbourne
The different perspectives they adopted, reminded me of a recent discussion that took place at home when we assembled with friends for dinner.
It all began with a question. Are you a jellyfish or a salmon? It was explained that jellyfish people tend to be chill-out types. They are inclined to float through life. They allow life’s current to take them where it will. It’s destiny for them. They do not exhibit any appreciable desire to take the helm and steer the ship of life in any particular direction. They give the impression that floating about is just fine. Things happen around them and they are not that flustered or disturbed by such events. The flow of their days remains pretty much unaltered and they appeared content for that to continue into the foreseeable future. They are not boat rockers. For them, floating and drifting are fine. Let it be. Let it be…
Salmon people are the antithesis of jellyfish folk. They frequently find themselves driven by some inner force to swim against the natural flow. They seem to thrive on challenge and readily embrace new situations. For Salmon people, life requires some element of risk or uncertainty from time to time. They strike out in pursuit of some pre determined goal, striving to exert a measure of control over the direction their lives are taking. They are explorers and their destiny is in their hands, they believe. They are prepared to swim upstream when others are floating contentedly downstream. Dodging bears is all part of the game.
I think I am a salmon.