Hey there, Bubblers.
As you all know, for some of us, the calling is deeply spiritual. (Stay tuned for Fun Fin Fact Friday this week.) Whether it’s Posiedon, Triton, Mami Wata, or Yemanja, there is something greater than ourselves that we connect to when we tap into our spiritual side. For Merman Jack, the calling is just that.
“Mers have always been incredibly important to me not just physically, but also mentally and spiritually. The Mer represent so many things, bridges between human and animal, conscious and unconscious, magick and science. The Goddess Yemaya/La Sirene/Mami Wata, is also a central part of my inspiration & spirituality.”
Born and raised in California, the land of perpetual golden sunshine, Jack of Dark Tide Productions has always been swimming. A young athlete as a human, if he was not at swim practice, he was swimming in his family’s pool. His connection with the water goes beyond your basic spiritual inklings, however, and becomes a metaphor for the dual natures and how to live one’s life.
“I love the duality the ocean represents. I love that it can be loving or cruel, warm or cold, clear or dark. I think many people don’t live truly balanced lives, doing themselves a disservice by not embracing all sides of themselves, “good” and “bad”. The ocean has no ego about those things and is always authentic.”
However, life was not always the bubbles for this man-fish. As a reflection of his own experiences, his message to others is very touching.
“I know it’s been said so many times by so many different people, but you really do have to be yourself and live your most authentic life. As someone who has dealt with bullying for being gay during my pre-college schooling, I know how challenging and even heart-wrenching this can be. Living your life honestly and proudly in all aspects isn’t easy, but nothing worth it ever is. Nothing is more rewarding than being happy and comfortable in your own skin.”
Truer words have never been said. It is very important to be happy in your skin, be it human, fish, or a hybrid of the two. Keep an eye out for this one. I’m certain he’ll be swimming for a long while to come.