Life is a change! Sometimes changes are forced upon us. Other times we make the leaps ourselves. This blog is about my journey to the unknown world of sailing.
I made a journey once before, when I was 16. It was my mom’s choice. We immigrated from a small post communist EU country to the States. At first I was not too happy about that move. I lost my friends and my place. I struggled to learn a new language, make new friends, find my new place in life. Over the years I figured things out and managed to find my spot in this new world.
Now, content with my existing life I feel the urge to make a new change. Some may call it mid-life crisis. I call it mid-life enlightenment. Don’t get me wrong, its not an escape. I can live very comfortably where I am now, I enjoy my life, my job, my friends. I am debt free. I can workation as much as I want. I actually prefer to work/travel rather than turn off completely for a week or two. My health allows me to enjoy every day to the fullest. Yet, what I miss is a challenge. I know, weird, my life became easy, easy became same old, same old became boring. I am not failing. Well, i fail but not in any important way. This means that I am just floating through life, dying. I seek life!
Yes, I can have kids, jolt new boost into my existence but that would just lock me in the existing life… for life. I feel I need to make one more conscious change before I do that. To get a better perspective, to fail or discover a new world with its own challenges and benefits.
So here I am 3 months till I start sailing. I have sailed a few weeks at a time and loved it but plan to take small steps before making a full time none the less. I want to start in Mediterranean, as deck hands on boats of others. If I like it I will get a boat myself. Thinking of getting a Beneteau 47. Slowly sail west, cross Atlantic and hop through Caribbean for a total of 6 months. Then, if I still like it, cross Panama canal, Pacific, visit Australia, potentially a New Zealand and cruise through Indochina back to Med. At that point I may decide to do it one more time or move back on land.
That is where I leave off, let me know your thoughts. Next blogs will cover individual steps of my preparation and, if i succeed, my adventures as well.