Cruising Spirits

We hear we are a rare species.
“Homeus locos,” although we tend to disagree on the correct use of the Latin words, despite the fact neither of us really know.
Recently I had come across an article in an old sailing magazine that lamented the loss of young cruising spirits in blue waters. The twenty- and thirty-somethings that dominated ocean cruising in the seventies has been replaced by grayhairs, or so it is said. We have yet to determine this to be truth.  Nowadays this just isn’t done. Why would anyone sacrifice the growth of their career and material wealth and stability just prior to starting a family?
The thought has crossed my mind, but at the same rate, both of us have already experienced burnout and need to take a step back and decide how we can structure, or rather un-structure, our lives so that work-life balance comes about.  Our goal is to travel for 2 ½ years, but as we sail along and travel and learn, we will decide on timeframes on how this all will best work for us.
More important is the spirit of the thing. I am thirty and I am already tired of societal norms and expectations. I do not own a house yet, I have sold my car, and I have no furniture. I have a boat.
I have stories.
I want to be that grandmother that regales the family over dinners with tales stored within.
That is my chosen wealth.
I have lost people in my life – most of them young. My brother died when he was 20. As a nurse, I have watched too many people die in the intensive care unit, in the cancer cared unit, and in the First Nations community I have been honoured to serve in.  People are dying with unfinished stories, like D.H. Lawrence’s The Virgin and the Gypsy.   In some senses, I feel burdened by the opportunities available to me yet I know deep down the regrets I have seen in others’ faces will be mine also if we don’t choose a life like this.
So yes, we will sail around the world, society be-dammed.
What feels like a vow of poverty is simultaneously freedom from convention and richness of spirit.

V.

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4 Responses to Cruising Spirits

  1. Barbara aka Mom says:

    Happy 1st Anniversary!
    Many may think you are off the rocker, but the stories you gather will be mouthed from your rocker (rocking-chair) when you are grandmother and grandfather. Have fun, you modern-day, benevolent swashbucklers. May you always come back to port safely!!!

  2. Thank you for having made me participate in your dream the time of a crossing, these instants will reside in my mind forever.
    A sailing boat does not move back, it always goes forward.
    Good wind,

  3. Mum and Dad says:

    Happy Birthday to our 30 something sailor. You always enjoyed parties at sea
    Your experiences today will be something to pass on with glee to the youngsters of tomorrow.
    But, hey, the 20 and 30 somethings of the 70s ARE the “gray hairs” of today. We should know – still sailing and proud of it…
    Well done. “Navigating life” is good. Have fun.
    Love Mum and Dad

  4. Agnes Meier says:

    Wow you’re alreday in France. Where is your next de destination?
    Have you seen a lot of Wale, seal or other species on your trip. Hopefully you don’t have as meny
    big waves. How is the weather like? Can you avoid bad weather? Du you have any special places
    (harbour) where you want to stay longer an discover that Country a little bit.?
    In two days we’re going to the 1st August party to Rimbey. After that we’re going Camping und fishing.
    In September we have to go to Switzerland to take over the key of our now Penthouse direct at the Walensee. If we can’t sell our property till then we come back ontil we sell.
    I wish you both all the Best happiness und pleasuere Agnes

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