I had a dream I was born floating on water that was only one foot deep, and during a bright sunny day. I liked the warmth of the sun, the feeling of floating, the coolness of the water, and the feeling of happiness.
When I learned that I could touch the sea bottom, I became fascinated by the security. It was steady. It didn't move. I desired to know more about it. I set out to see more of it: I carved out a dry spot for myself. I put up barriers, and with cups, I tossed out the water.
However, no matter how deeply I planted the barriers, water would always eventually come to moisten the sand beneath me. Tirelessly I would carve out my dry spot, desperate to keep the water out, and to enlarge it.
As tides made the water levels rise and fall, I just made my barriers taller when they were higher, and my circumference wider when they were low. That is, I took advantage of the low tides as opportunities to prepare, and weathered the storms by building my walls as it became necessary.
But one day, the tide just kept rising. I kept building higher, but not fast enough to match the rate. I could no longer broaden my space.
At some point, it rose at such a speed that I could not keep up. To keep the water out, I had to close the top.
However, even after enclosed, the tide rose, and the pressure with it. I reinforced my barriers by making my space smaller, taking bits from other places to do so ... until my space got so small, I could barely move ... until the pressure rose so high that in spite of all of my reinforcements, a drop yet managed to fall into my dry spot. It was then that I knew it was over.
It was time to either move to shore .. or become amphibious.
Question was: were either even possibilities?
Maybe I was destined to drown.