Over the years, there are certain photographs which have really come to speak to me. These are necessarily the prettiest of images, or the most technically correct. In fact, some aren't even that special, as far as a photograph goes, and yet still they stand out in my mind. This is one of those photographs.
What struck me most when I first noticed this fisherman was where he was standing. Unlike all the other fishermen, who were grouped on the rocks which line the shore, he was standing alone, way out to sea. The tide was low, and so the water within the lagoon was only around waist hight, but still, I wondered what he was doing so far from the shore.
Walking out to join him, the depth of the water varied from place to place. Sometimes it was shallow and then suddenly deep. It was hard to tell where to step, the water obscuring the path ahead. Each step was a step into the unknown. When I finally was able to reach him, I asked him why he chose to come so far from the comfort of the beach.
"Because this is where the fish are," he answered, almost dismissively, as though it should be obvious.
At the time, I didn't really pay much attention to the answer he had given. We chatted for a while, I took his photograph, and we parted ways. It was only later that I came to reflect on what he had said. His was such a simple truth, and yet the more I thought about it, the more profound his message seemed to be.
In life, it is too easy to just remain in our comfort zone, hoping the rewards we seek will simply come to us. But as this fisherman teaches us, sometimes we need to step out into the unknown to seek those rewards out for ourselves.