Waiting is never easy, and when it is for the next big thing in your life – in our case what we think is our ultimate cruising machine – it is even harder.
From a design and scheduling standpoint the march of time conflicts with the goal of getting every detail right. This is impossible of course, but we are closer now than ever. Is it worth the six to nine months required to attain this goal that are now gone forever from our cruising lives? The more we mature, the shorter the time left, the more difficult the wait.
The days end used to be unremarked save for glorious colors, often the case at sea, and in our beloved Southwestern US. But at some point the unending supply of sunsets becomes finite.
The portion of life where you can do what you want ebbs with time.
The longer you wait the harder it is to sit back and just enjoy being. The older you are the more anchors there are holding you back.
Rather than driving yourself to distraction reaching for the unobtainable, leave a bit on the table and get on with it (in other words do as we say not as we do).
The time to smell the flowers is now.
Taking off appears hard until you’ve done it.
But once free, routine decisions that seemed impossible become as easy as flapping your wings. The more delay the more reasons to delay further. Children, then grandchildren, aging family, physical limitations, the desire for more “comfort” that comes with age, combine to force us to need more to to reach our goal. It is so much easier when the bloom of youth is still present.
We can tell you with absolute certainty that it is better to go sooner rather than later. Instead of reaching for the moon, go with what you can afford today.
Routine is a jail for dreams. It is ugly, creeps up and ensnares the unwary. It has had us in its grip these past few years and we know better.
Now that we’ve stopped the incessant search for perfection, and gotten on with building, we might just escape one more time, if we are quick about it.
The days left to the bouquet that is the cruising life are never numerous enough. It is time for us to get going before the bloom fades… forever