Thursday, January 18, 2007
As far as I can tell, going "cruising" is not about living an idyllic lifestyle. I thought to myself, trying to wash the dishes last night in, or I should say around, our tiny sink equipped only with a hand pump. Is it really true that I find washing dishes on the boat more stressful than actually going to sea? Boats are made for sailing, after all. It would almost be more natural to throw our china overboard after every meal. No, living and traveling on a sailboat is not about living an idyllic life, free of the responsibilities of work. In fact, sometimes work starts to look very appealing. There is structure there, and in structure, there may be meaning. The point of this existence is that you cannot avoid yourself. Every single day is an unexpected adventure that may challenge what you believed to be true, and how you relate to the world. It may reveal you in the worst possible light. If you can't stand it, you step back, defeated, with nothing left but lost illusions. Begin again.