Thursday, June 27, 2013

Armchair Sailors

I've been carrying around our boat cards in my backpack lately because now that we're actually doing things like quitting work and moving the boat, we're telling lots of people about our plans and it's just easier to hand them a boat card and tell them that if they would like more info they can go to the blog if they're at all interested. Tim and I have been talking a lot lately about the reactions we've been getting from people.

"Are you serious?"
"I have to admit to being just a tiny bit envious."
"Oh I could never do that."
"I think that's the neatest thing I've ever heard."
"How long is your trip?"
"Where are you going to base the boat?"
"I've always wanted to try something like that."
"I'm so happy for you guys. I always love to watch someone's dreams really come true."

The last one, just today, was the carpet cleaning guy at the apartments where I work. It got me to thinking about the fact that not everyone is as fortunate as I am for being able to actually follow through on a dream. For whatever reason, many people have to shelve theirs, be it illness in the family, or the care of children or grandchildren, or an unwilling spouse. When I'm handing out boat cards to NBPs (non-boating persons), I remember how much it meant to me to be able to tag along on a bunch of other people's dreams through their blogs, wondering if maybe we I'm hopeful that in some small way we might inspire someone to follow through on their own. For those armchair sailors who cannot, we hope to offer some small bit of pleasure, a moment of respite from the daily grind, a small bit of peace in the midst of daily chaos.

1 comment:

Latitude 43 said...

"We didn't think you were serious."
"When will you be back?"
"What if a shark attacks you?"
"Isn't it deep?"
"Where will you sleep, eat and do laundry and stuff?"
"What do vegetarians eat at sea?"

Those were my favorites from non boaters. There were many more that left me speechless. Happy to see you're in the goodbye stage. It's all going to be a blur as you're sitting on the boat somewhere warm trying to recall it all.