Why Relationships Are Like Skipping Rocks

By Max Londberg on August 15, 2012

Skipping rocks is a stimulating pastime for me. It attests to the thrill of it that I can say it takes one good throw out of ten to keep me entertained. That one good throw makes all the bad ones fade away.

Each rock has been shaped by time. Each is unique as it is unchanging. Rocks, like people, are impossible to mold and morph into a more suitable form, so trying is and always will be rocky.

I believe every rock has only so many potential skips in it—only so much potential satisfaction, if you will—if thrown perfectly. But a perfect one for me may be too small or too large for you. My perfect rock—the one that fits the shape of my hand, the speed I throw it, the angle that it hits the water—may not prove so perfect in your hand.

Finding that perfect one takes trial and error with many other, less-fitting rocks. But each one that doesn’t skip as far as you want it, each one that doesn’t please you like you thought it would, is a learning experience. Each failed attempt prepares you to successfully throw your gem when it comes along. And when the time does come, you know it when you see it take off across the water. For a fleeting moment, you wonder if it will ever stop.

This is (obviously, I hope) a metaphor. I’m no relationship guru, especially since my last one just ended, oh, a few hours ago. But as I was skipping some rocks just a few hours before a few hours ago, I noticed this connection between rocks and relationships.

So for all of you rock skippers out there, I want to leave you with one thing before you go back to what is or isn’t making you happy: There are plenty of rocks in the sea, yes, but when you find that perfect one for you, realize it and enjoy every second of its journey across the water.

Photo courtesy of Flickr.com. Uploaded by Steve A Johnson.

Max is a senior journalism student at the University of Oregon. He likes books, astronomy and Kobe's footwork but loves to write. Follow him on Twitter @MaxLondberg

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