Perhaps it was because it was late at night and snowing that I was alone at the entrance to the Navy Pier. Usually all the people, lights and action get me walking down the pier, but this time it was closed and quiet. So I meandered around the shoreline until I stumbled upon the Captain of the Helm statue by Sculptor Michael Martino. At first I shot it straight on with Lake Michigan in the background. But the shot was a bit boring so I played with different angles until I captured the image above. While it was cool in color, I like it better processed in black and white. The words inscribed on the statue read:
They mark our passage as a race of men
Earth will not see such ships as those again.
A NEW GENERATION
While we have been downsizing in preparation for a move, I came upon a childhood book, What can I do today?, published in 1973. Paging through the book and examining the various craft projects – many that I did as a kid – reminds me of the quote above. The book and projects are a relic of the past, no longer engaging to a new generation of kids that thrive on stimulating video games and trading card games like Magic: The Gathering.
In the four decades since the book was published, our world has changed considerably. While I am grateful for many of the modern conveniences of life, a primary reason we are going through the painful process of reorganizing our life is that we are committed to becoming the Captains of our own future, steering our life in a purposefully direction where experiences outrank stuff.