The days have sloooooooooooowed down
Just the other day I felt as if everything was going fast – my days were over in the blink of the eye. The past few days, however, have been really slow, heavy, and sluggish.
Most of our house stuff is about to be disseminated across the town we live in. The house sale and apartment purchase are lined up to take place in a few week’s time. The survey has been done on the boat. All our flights and organizing to buy and move the boat are in place. We’ve arranged to visit family in the States and up in Scotland over the next couple of months. All our courses for the boat are scheduled and paid for (engine maintenance, first aid, and radio course). Even our leaving party has been arranged!
Perhaps I’m finding it difficult to accept that the crazy period is over and it’s now time to recuperate? Hmmmmmm? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to attract drama. I suppose I just need to realize that one storm has passed and now it’s time to sit back and relax before the next storm comes. And when I say storm, I don’t mean it in a bad sense. Guru’s have often been known to say that life operates in waves.
Perhaps I’m just on the bottom yet I’m heading back up to the crest?
For the next few weeks, I’ve made plans to see old work friends, local friends and of course a couple of flights to visit family. We’re slowly saying ‘goodbye’ to all our friends and ensuring to see family as we really don’t know when we’ll see them next.
In my mind, I’ve been saying ‘goodbye’ to the cobbled streets, old English pubs, and all the amazing character that exists in England. I will surely miss the sights, smells, and feel of the country. Being labeled as a wanderer I’ve had quite a few places I’ve called home so leaving this one will be similar to past experiences.
There’s always a bit of nostalgia that I feel for my past places of residence
Yeah – I know…it’s not like I’m not going to return to England. The plan is to sail for two to three years but who knows. Perhaps we’ll get to the Caribbean and decided to go no further? Or maybe after year three we’ll decide to keep going indefinitely? Maybe there’s a point of no return – could it be possible that we love sailing so much that we’ll never desire to own a house again?
It’s interesting not know where we’re going nor set any definitive date as to when our journey ends
Our lives are truly becoming an open book – one that we’re writing ourselves day by day. Aside from being interesting, it’s also a bit uncomfortable. Dealing with uncertainty is truly something we’re learning to live with. Or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that we’re learning to cope with it.
All this planning and then waiting tends to point our thoughts towards planning and waiting rather than visualizing our objective – to get out on the open sea, reunite ourselves with nature, eat healthily, enjoy family and friends and really discover what’s important in life.
Thankfully, I received a little film that helped to nudge my visualizations back in a more positive direction!
Yesterday one of my close friends, Ene, sent me a video. She compiled a series of pictures that she took while on a weekend sailing trip on our current boat, Selene. The video pays such a tribute to the love we have for sailing, family, food, and sharing moments with friends. Ene explained that it took her ages to choose the music for the video – she didn’t want anything sad. Her choice was perfect – set to 100’s of pictures was a very upbeat folk sounding music. The video helped to remind me of the joy we have when we’re out on the water. It was definitely a welcome reminder as to what we’re seeking more of! You can watch the video here: Video of Selene
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