How big of a shark are you?
Sharks are the most amazing animals.
Such power. Such grace. Speed. Strength. And one serious set of teeth on the business end. Nothing strikes fear and awe like sighting a shark in the open water. We all remember seeing the shark in Jaws. And videos of people who swim with the sharks. Wow!
I have aquariums. And, while I'm a betta person these days, back in the day, when I had my 50 gallon tanks, I inevitably had a shark in them. Rainbow sharks and black tipped sharks.
Pretty fish and about 1-3" long. Little guys. Definitely not going to strike fear in the hearts of anybody or any fish. They all just swam along peacefully!
But the interesting thing about these sharks.....
As I fed them, the sharks grew to fit the size of the aquarium they were blissfully swimming around in.
In a 10 gallon tank, they stayed super small. In a 50 gallon tank, the sharks would grow to be a good 6" before they stopped growing. And the sharks living in the aquariums at the zoos - they can get pretty big - almost the size they would grow to in the wild. An adult shark in the wild...can get seriously big. Truly awe-inspiring!
Sharks grow to fit the size of their environment
Interestingly, so do people. The more you learn, the more you realize how big the opportunities we have here within the wonderful world of WA are and how much more there is to learn.
Plus this internet thing is an ever-changing critter. Just when you figure something out, they come up with a new program, a new update to the one you just finally figured out (so frustrating!). Or you have learned enough to be able to do more advanced stuff. Sharks never stop moving. And neither should we.
It is truly never-ending. Exciting. Frustrating. Annoying and enticing. All at the same time.
Those who are just starting their WA journey have a long road ahead. And so do those who've been around for a while. They aren't done yet. They are still learning and growing too. It's really one of the things I appreciate most.
This will never get old
And neither will we. Yeah, we'll get older and more experienced. But old is an attitude. I'm 60 with a grandson who's about to turn 6 and a daughter who just turned 27. Heck my oldest is 30. There isn't a day that I don't wonder how the hell that happened. I don't feel 60 - not sure what that's supposed to feel like. I don't feel like I've aged... until I get up from having sat still too long!
I feel like I grow a bit more each time I hang out for a while around the WA fish bowl here.
I learn more. I meet more people. I grow both personally and professionally. I'm not done.
Who knows, maybe someday, I will look back and see where I started and how very far I've come. From guppy to small shark and realize, that I've become an internet shark who has gotten oh so much larger. We're gonna need a bigger boat! Keep on swimming.
Meanwhile, here's to swimming with the sharks!