Exactly two years ago I started this little blog. At that time we were just a few months from sailing into the horizon and wanted to capture the last of the preparations and get into the habit of journaling so that I would be all ready to record our adventure in the upcoming new year. But plans evolved, as plans always do, and as the year went on our little planned adventure morphed from a one-year sabbatical to a 4-5 year cruising lifestyle transition, or what ever you want to call it, and the departure date was pushed back a year to adjust (you know, to save more money).
Then, exactly one year ago I wrote about our “one resolution”. Yep, 2014 was the year we were sailing off into the horizon and beginning our even bigger grand adventure. But plans got shot to shit, as plans always do, and Keith was promoted to president of his company just weeks before he was about to resign. It was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of opportunity for him and we took it-for just a little while (you know, to save some more money).
Now, here today I refuse to make a single New Years resolution because plans….well, plans….we are struggling with them right now. Lately, they have been changing on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. This week alone our departure date has ranged from three months to three years from now (you know, maybe we should save some more money while it’s coming in).
I reread this post so far and I hear frustration and disappointment in my words, yet that’s not how I am feeling at the moment, I just don’t know how to capture the right tone in my writing. An author I am not. So to clarify, we are happy, content, and grateful to have the opportunity to choose between good and great things. Zero complaints. It just means, and the whole point of this post is, we haven’t pinned down our plans for 2015. I think we are sailing off into the horizon this spring, at least that was the plan just a few hours ago! I swear, it’s really like playing a never-ending game of Whack-a-Mole, with the mole being our cruising plans. The only real plan is just to keep saying “yes” to the opportunities in front of us. 2014, you have been mind-blowingly incredible-Thank You! 2015, I am looking forward to you too, whatever you may bring! Happy New Year!!
Oh, and back to this little blog for a minute since it is it’s birthday, it was created to capture our cruising memories for ourselves and as of late I have wondered if I should just put it on hold until we have actually left the dock. It was never really meant for an audience and we don’t feel, or want to feel, the pressure to be accountable for the plans we have written here. We’ve been pretty candid on the evolution of our cruising plans, but still, this may not be the best place to work out the details since not everybody in our (Keith’s) life even knows about about this mad little scheme. (And those that do probably think to themselves “OMG, just GO already, we are tired of hearing about your trip!”) On the other hand, I enjoy this blog hugely for the people it has connected me with over the past two years. (Some of whom have also had their cruising plans take wildly unexpected turns, while others have demonstrated the amazing ability to execute their said plans, others just along for the sail- I enjoy them all) Because of that, 2015 will still include a little blog about this little couple and their little plan to sail off into the horizon. Besides, we have a handful of really “boaty” projects that are just one step away from being crossed off the ever present todo list and I am kind of excited to post them soon because the plan to sail off into the horizon has never been in question-only the when and for how long has been up for discussion.
Happy New Year from us to you!