Water can be both destructive to life and a requirement for life. I have a complicated love/hate relationship with water.
It’s confusing how we discuss water. Being in “hot water” is typically a bad thing. If you’re in hot water, you did something wrong and you are going to pay. However, if you are stressed, what’s more relaxing and restorative than sitting in hot water, especially swirling bubbly hot water? Hot water for dishes kills those bad germs that can harm us; if your spouse screams, “My water broke!”, the first move is to boil some hot water, for soup I guess.
Cold water can be a bit schizophrenic too. Taking a cold shower can be bracing and make you feel more alive. Cold water didn’t help Jack and Rose during their ill-fated trans-Atlantic maiden voyage. Want to tell someone their idea stinks? Throw cold water on it. Want to have some fun and play some hockey like the author? You’ll need a whole sheet of really really cold water.
People cannot live without water**. Too much water and we die. Rain water feeds the Earth and that’s good. A flood once destroyed the Earth – not good.
Water isn’t even convinced what it wants to be. Is it a solid, a liquid or a gas? It changes to match its environment, a pretty valuable skill. Perfect for all occasions.
Here’s another fun fact – people are 60% water. Since people are mostly water, maybe that explains why they are also tough for me to understand. People cry tears of sadness and tears of joy. Eye water, make up your mind – good sign or a bad sign?
My complicated relationship with water depends on my point of view at a moment in time. I understand that water, in and of itself, is neither good nor bad. Maybe that’s true of people too. Now if I could only figure out why they’re crying and what that salty discharge means…
** – People cannot live without water is settled science, unless the EPA under this administration finds one scientist working for the Dry Earth Society to question this fact. If this occurs, the scientist is booked on Fox and Friends to discuss his findings from a non-peer reviewed study and our President retweets this interview to his millions of followers saying that he “heard some people say” that water isn’t required for life, and water conservation efforts left over from the Obama administration are rescinded so that struggling businesses are freed from the onerous regulations that stops companies from increasing profits by polluting of our ground water. But I digress.