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Penguin Wisdom: Life Lessons from Our Favorite Flightless Bird

by Oceanwide Expeditions Blog

As members of a polar travel company that focuses on wildlife, we believe every species has something important to teach us - from the largest blue whale to the smallest cephalopod, from the fiercest polar bear right down to the most furtive Arctic fox. But if you're in search of the most priceless truisms ever to be uttered, look no further than our favorite flightless philosopher: the penguin.
Penguin Wisdom: Life Lessons from Our Favorite Flightless Bird

All the pearls we can learn from the penguin

As members of a polar travel company that focuses on wildlife, we believe every species has something important to teach us - from the largest blue whale to the smallest cephalopod, from the fiercest polar bear right down to the most furtive Arctic fox.

But if you're in search of the most priceless truisms ever to be uttered, look no further than our favorite flightless philosopher: the penguin.

Here are 22 things we've learned from this sagely species, each one of them irrefutable proof that what the penguin lacks in aerial ability it makes up for in some of the loftiest wisdom ever to be regurgitated down another bird's beak.

1. Show up on time, especially to ship launches

Image by Ralf Plechinger 

2. Let sleeping seals lie - unless they just look too smug

Image by Esther Kokmeijer 

3. Take time to contemplate life's deeper questions

Image by Helen Moore

4. But never miss an opportunity to play in the shallows

Image by Charles Baz

5. Sometimes you have to go along to get along

Image by Pascale Sury

6. Other times you have to walk your own path

Image by Jennifer Frickell

7. Sometimes you have to stand your ground

Image by Wim van Passel

8. And other times find a peaceful agreement

Image by Rinie van Meurs

9. Don't lose yourself in the crowd

Image by Hubert Neufeld

10. Let the ones you love know it

Image by Molly Holm

11. Learn from others whenever you can

Image by Rinie van Meurs

12. But stop your ears to the naysayers

Image by Martin van Lokven

13. Remember to get your rest

Image by Rolf Stange

14. Seriously, this is very important

15. Without rest you're a shapeless lump

Image by Franco Banfi

16. Find friends you can be yourself around

17. But be open to others who aren't like you

Image by Mike Way

18. Waste not, want not

19. Learn and become who you are

Image by Wim van Passel

20. Take pride in what that is

Image by Jan Veen

21. Live each day like you mean it

Image by Reinhard Schiemer

22. Then rest up for tomorrow

Image by Ineke Veldman

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