Go with the Flow, dear Jenn…

During Jenn’s trip we’ll be posting writing from various friends in Jenn’s life. Today’s post is from Kathy B, a breast cancer survivor and member of the Recovery on Water team.


It’s day two (ed. note: this was written several weeks ago) of Jenn’s great adventure and I find myself thinking of her frequently. They say it’s about the journey not the destination and I’m sure that will prove true. I wonder how many shooting stars will she see? How many times will she daydream of a cold glass of wine and putting her feet up? How many times will she scream and cry to chase the fears away?

No matter what this amazing experience brings to her, I want to whisper in her ear, “Go with the flow, dear Jenn.” It’s just like life, don’t fight against it - flow with it. Flow gently. I know it’s about powering through some grueling waves and currents; it’s about proving a lot of things to a lot of people and more importantly to yourself. It’s about getting in your daily allotment of miles and reaching each of your key destinations. But, my hope is that you will trust yourself in all situations and if you feel like stopping – stop. If you feel like pushing – push. If you feel like you need to rethink anything that you’ve planned for – rethink it. Go with the flow. Sometimes it’s good to push yourself beyond your comfort zone but most of the time it’s best to go with the flow of life, riding the waves and then resting in still waters. A wise man once told me how the words to the childhood song were a metaphor for life, “Row, row, row, your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily. Life is but a dream.”

Here’s to gently rowing your boat merrily, dear Jenn!

Kathy B.
R.O.W. Team Member

One comment on “Go with the Flow, dear Jenn…

  1. Hi Jenn,

    I too was sexually assaulted when I was a young mother of a 5 month old son. I had visions of the assault for 1 year, every night. After the year, the thoughts started going away. I was just thankful that I wasn’t hurt, other than my pride and self esteem. I’ve since just “let it go” because I won’t let it affect the rest of my life. I didn’t give him the satisfaction of knowing he’d be with me the rest of my life!! I really admire you for having the strength to continue with your, very VALUED, trip for such a great cause. I lost my best friend to an aggressive breast cancer 3 yrs ago. You are a hero to all of your friends. I will pray for a safe journey for you until you reach your goal!!!

    A new found fan,
    Cathy Grafton
    Austin, Arkansas