Early sailing ships often had a small, precarious platform attached to the top of their main mast called a crow’s nest in which one or more unfortunate sailors would sit, acting as look-outs.
The view was better up there, of course, but the movements of the vessel were also greatly amplified, leading it to be associated with sea-sickness in all but the most hardy of men.
(Perhaps this was actually the real reason that those on the decks below were wise to wear oilskins and sou’westers?)
When you’re piloting a ship, it’s important to know what’s ahead of you.
For one thing, it means you can avoid obstacles such as icebergs, but it’s also how you know when you’re getting close to your destination – when you’re near to reaching your goal.
I can’t imagine many early ships set off on voyages simply for the hell of it, pleasure cruises being a later invention.
Instead, there would have always been an intention: to get somewhere, to get home, or perhaps to engage in bloody battle.
On days when you feel ropey, I think it’s understandable (perfectly excusable in fact) to lose sight of your own goals and objectives: the things you may have to look forward to.
At times, it may even feel as though there’s nothing on the horizon for you – that you’re drifting along with no particular place to go.
While this can work for short periods, it’s not a great way to live, and I say this from past personal experience.
Having even quite modest goals to look forward to can help you keep out of the doldrums.
Bigger goals are even better, but be content to plan really quite simple objectives for yourself to help you get through those less-good days.