One of the joys of blogging is rereading old posts to see where your head was at. This morning I came across this post from March 2009, the first bird:
The first bird is a cheery site for the crew of a boat because it means land is nearing, but it isn't great for the bird; likely, it has strayed too far from land and cannot make it back. There is a chance the bird cannot make it back to the land it has left, but is nearing new land ahead. I sometimes feel exactly like such a bird. I cannot turn back, it would be too far, so I must press on hoping to find new land. Onward!
I reread this while listening to and enjoying Lynyrd Skynrd's classic "Simple Man". Same as it ever was :)