“So many things in life are just ballast”- Giselle. This was a comment left on my blog by a reader. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Wikipedia defines Ballast as “material that is used to provide stability to a vehicle or structure. Ballast, other than cargo, may be placed in a vehicle, often a ship or the gondola of a balloon or airship, to provide stability.”
On modern ships, water is used as ballast in tanks in a ship’s hull to improve its stability. Depending on a ships load and weather conditions water is moved in or out of the ballast tank to balance a ships movement through the water. In the old days, anything heavy could and would be used a ballast, including people, and would be discarded, including people, if the ship was listing or sinking under the weight of its load.
I thought about Giselle’s comment wondering what I used as ballast in my life. I am sure each of us has our own David Letterman “Top 10 Life Ballast List” so I thought I would share five of mine and I encourage you to share your own. What is your ballast? What is the heavy material in the hull of your life that provides you with stability, keeps your life from listing, keeps you from sinking?
My Top 5 Ballast List
- My family
- My home
- My garden
- My books
- My bicycles