It’s been just over a year since we sailed from Toronto on our boat and changed how we lived. A WHOLE YEAR HAS PASSED, that seems incredible to me.
Over the course of the last year we’ve met many people who tell us we’re very lucky to be able to do this at our age. (“Out here” we’re babies, teenagers, newlyweds in the eyes of many cruisers we meet. It’s totally awesome to be made to feel like we are so young on an almost daily basis!) I’ve always replied, “yes, we are lucky, we know we’re lucky.”
But that’s not really the truth, we’re not lucky. Luck played no role in it. We made this happen. We’re here, because We Made It Happen. And after a year of living on our sail boat and traveling over 4,000 miles by water, I’m proud of what we we have achieved. We planned, made sacrifices, saved and planned some more. We’ve made mistakes, been scared, learned so much about our boat, about ourselves and best of all, we’re happy.
They say, we’re living the dream. But it’s not THE dream. It’s OUR dream. It’s the dream where we get to travel, how and when we like and take our home with us. The dream where I still get job offers from back home and have friends and family willing to take me in so I can work for a few months. Some people think that going home to work spoils the dream. It doesn’t, it makes the dream better. I like to work, I love to be part of a team that makes great television, I like being useful and needed. I love the company I work for. It’s all part of the dream.
How did we get here? Baby steps. Like any big dream, it seemed overwhelming and un-achievable in the five year timeline we set for ourselves. While I would love to say I had a giant excel spread sheet outlining the plan with regular goals and to do’s that were met on time… that wasn’t the case. I did have some Excel spreadsheets that helped with the financial planning and the boat upgrades/maintenance, I also read tons and tons of books that helped to keep me focused and inspired and passionate about what we were trying to achieve. We had benchmark goals that were spaced about one year apart, so each year was focused on one big goal that was achieved by a hundred little tasks. That’s the way to make any big dream happen. A hundred or a thousand or a million baby steps, all the while believing it’s possible.
One of my favourite and inspiring quotes is from Mark Twain ~ Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
So here we are on the US east coast heading south for a second time, reconnecting with boating friends we made last year and making new friends. We’re also getting the boat ready for what comes next. What’s next? The only thing I can say for sure, is that we’ll head south and cross to the Bahamas again. Anything beyond that is too far away to think about right now.
I know it been a long while since I posted, I’ll try to do better.
Cheers from Fernandina Beach Florida!