Tales of mermaids guiding sailors to safety are a source of mystery and myth, but even so they provide a springboard of illusion and fantasy in the eyes of young children.
The fascination of a creature that is half human and half fish capture their attention instantly as mermaids are perceived as mystical and beautiful. It seems hard to imagine that although the mermaid is confined to a life at sea that there could be any sense of sadness as they grace the ocean with poise.
Having the combination of both human and aquatic qualities then it seems it would be unlikely for such an elegant being to find trouble if the seas were ever to get rough and stormy.
The ability to swim up to the surface to draw breath and avoid the swells is complemented by the instinctive nature to navigate to the safety of calmer waters.
Perhaps it is only when the invitation of being tempted to return to dry land to live as a whole human (minus the tail) that might pose a dilemma for a maiden of the underwater kingdom.
The allure of the freedom to live as a human is a juxtaposition for a creature who only knows the sea but not the challenges of what it means to live solely on dry land.
Essentially that would make them a ‘half fish out of water’ struggling to go against a tide that would normally be a breeze to steer.
In popular children’s culture mermaids are romanticised and glamourised, to appeal to their love of fantasy and magic. This is an important part of children’s play and development as they learn what is real and what is imagined.
Children’s imaginative play has an appeal of something that we all have within us
but seem to look for
outside of our ourselves –
a deeply intuitive quality in which they act out their feelings and thoughts through pretend play but then return to the ‘real world’ learning to distinguish the difference between the two as they grow.
A mermaid might be tempted to leave the water, but only after a brief time there would be the realisation that they can’t live without it. The same is true for a mortal to go diving great depths without breathing apparatus.
For a short while we can survive unaided before needing the assistance of valuable fresh oxygen to sustain us.
We need to remind ourselves that we have limitations and that we must meet our basic needs to sustain our joy and spirit. This is especially true in times of difficulty and challenge in our professional lives.
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