“Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” Warren Buffett
I recently came across this quote for the first time. It zinged me. It thrilled me. I’ve been replaying it in my mind over and over again and sharing with anyone who will listen. It’s brilliant. It compels you to stop and think. What does this mean? Does this apply to me in any way?
I feel that ‘nakedness’. The tide has gone out in my life and the next wave hasn’t yet come in. We stand on the wet sand, retired and empty-nesters. We’ve been stripped of the struggle to stay afloat. We are no longer being swept hither and yon by the seemingly capricious currents of dual career-working parents. We no longer exhaust ourselves swimming against dangerous riptides that try to pull us out too far from land and a sense of groundedness. We no longer lose site of each other in the choppy waters of 24×7 busy-ness.
We’re just standing here on the beach. Finding our ‘sea’ legs. Rediscovering an earlier time, before that wave of career and kids hit. Waiting for the next wave. Wondering what the next wave will look like. Wondering what I want that next plunge into the ocean to be like. Different, for sure. But how?