On a day like today, out in the June sun, the sky a deep, jewel-like blue; there’s a calm, rolling sea, a safe shoreline, fresh oxygenated air and endless space.
You may look to the horizon and say the words:-
“The world is mine oyster!” Well you won’t be catching oysters from this boat in this English Channel but you will mean so much more when you look back on this proverb with ‘its highly memorable condensed bold imagery of its commonplace fact of experience’ (quite a verbal mouthful – break it down!)
What you are really saying is “I can achieve anything I want, go anyway; I have the opportunity (time and money) and the ability (health)!”
‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ (Shakespeare’s play, written in1600) was the first to make use of this phrase:
Falstaff: “I will not lend thee a penny ”
Pistol: “Why then the world’s mine oyster, which I with a sword will open.”
The world doesn’t have to be expensive or exclusive or difficult to access; maybe we just have to change our perspectives…this view is free and makes you feel instantly liberated. Anyhow it’s food for thought (although while we’re on oysters, I hear they are quite a required taste!)