Jolly Day Buckos!
If ye didn’t be knowin’, this day, SeptembARRRr 19th, be speak like a scurvy pirate day!
I have a fascination with pirates. I refer of course to the pirates of the late 1600s and early 1700s, not the new wave of piracy we are seeing today. They were violent, brutal and murderous yes, but when you look from afar there was something romantic about those rebels and scallywags. They broke from conformity, confronted the power of the sea and lusted a life that nobody understood.
These Buccaneers were a product of their government. Originally hired to act as bounty hunters and border patrol, privateers were handed a Letter of Marque, which essentially gave permission to block and raid enemy ships. It didn’t take long however for them to see the riches that could be attained on these missions and broke from their employer to seek fortune for themselves.
Pirates weren’t stand up lads (or lassies), but you have to admire the tenacity. They were at sea for long periods, faced mutiny, starvation and scurvy, were hunted, publicly hung, and still the call of the open sea and the promise of freedom and riches it held pulled them back to the brine again and again. Piracy wasn’t just a job. It was a life. It demanded bravery, obedience and a wee bit o’ faith.
We should all be pirates, in our own way. Some of us are, fighting the system, breaking from the norm, becoming outlaws, and breaking the law to bring about change. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Benazir Bhutto, Rosa Parks, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Malala Yousafzai, Bernie Sanders. Even Katharine Hepburn who famously stated, “If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.”
We can take something away from the pirates of old ..
- Never allow yourself to be used for someone else’s benefit. Never.
- Freedom and wealth are out there, but you may have to step out off your calm shore to find them. It won’t just come to you, you will fight rough seas and the ego of others, but you will earn it.
- Get a jolly good crew. Surround yourself with people who believe in what you do and will stand by you through the storms. People who add something to the mix. There is no place for mutinous backstabbers or betrayers on your Galleon.
- Work hard, play harder. Remember to celebrate your victories. Buy a round for the boys.
- Watch your neck. Always. Even among crew. Those that we trust the most are often the one sharpening their blade.
Get ye pirate on this day. Th’ salt air be blowin’ ‘n th’ sirens be whisperin’ ye moniker. I hoist me sails ‘n raise me bottle ‘o rum to all th’ Captians that set their own course to change ‘n victory. May th’ seven seas be calm ‘n th’ wind be at ye back.. ARRRR me Mateys!