That one island that convinces you to settle down.
Who hasn’t heard of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi?
The story of a boy stranded in the middle of the ocean, as a result of a shipwreck, with a Bengal tiger for company.
There’s this one scene, where after witnessing everything that belonged to you being snatched from you, after days of being lost to the sea, facing terrible storms, giving up hope and entirely offering yourself to destiny, Pi and Richard Parker (the tiger) find themselves on an island filled with enough Green to serve as food and meerkats for meat.
It feels like a perfect haven. The sea was rough and unfriendly. And now God had finally listened to him. Given him land. And food. Pi decides to spend the rest of his life here, where he is finally safe.
It’s only in the night does he realise that the entire island is carnivorous. What it gave in the day it took away in the night, as its freshwaters turned acid, digesting the fishes.
That is when Pi decides to move. Quote from the movie: “I knew how my life would have ended if I stayed there. Alone and forgotten. I had to continue my journey or die trying “
We all come across that one island, while battling our way against the colossal waves, while trying to reach the mainland. As much as the island gives hope and let’s us rest, we need to move on. Carry on with out initial plan and reach our final target and never settle down.
(Remember the glass shop that Santiago works in for two years in the book The Alchemist, before continuing his journey to the Pyramids? Yup, that’s your island)
Always recognize your islands and move on. Never settle down!