You are reading a guy who loves to see a ships bow cutting through deep blue water. I also love to stand on the fan tail and watch the ships wake as she steams on. A lot of my time at sea when not actually on duty was all the way forward or back aft. I once told my skipper, if you would let me have my wife aboard, I would volunteer to stay at sea.
That is a ships wake. Now it is possible from the air to see the wake as far as two miles behind the ship, on smooth seas. But normally after a half mile the water settles as though we had not been there. You cannot follow a ship by it’s wake.
To maneuver at sea you need the stars and or instruments.
Ah, but not so land. On land men leave paths. Daniel Boone left a path across the blue Ridge mountains so thousands could get to Tennessee and Kentucky.
The Santa Fe trail still shows signs of where thousands of wagons traveled long before pavement or interstates.
Some people in life leave a path of memories. It may not last as long as the Santa Fe trail but it will last sometimes over a hundred years. We were fortunate to know our parents. They lived so they made deep tracks for us to follow. I know our parent’s tracks (Lives and teachings) will exceed a hundred years. That is good for a common man.
Some folks trails/paths/lives are more like a wake. They are so self centered they do not have time to mark a trail, therefore their lives are like a bolt of lightening, they enjoy a bright flash and then it is gone.
You are not going to make everyone happy, or have everyone understand. BUT we can do that good deed, show love to others, smile or be a shoulder for someone to cry on. I like the idea someone set up to spread, ‘Pay it forward’. A random act of kindness.
MOST folk leave a path, not a wake. Most of us care about our fellow man, I think that counts a lot. There are good folk all over the world. Most leave paths for their family and fellow man to follow.
It was just on my mind. I love to see a wake at sea, but in life and ashore I want a path.
Metaphors are fun at times, I think I over do it a little. LOL
This is a pretty Hudson.
Do you ever get confused with directions? LOL