Mar 2, 2016

Young Sailors

The plan has always been to go sailing again. But I can tell it's going to be a lot harder this time around.

We own a house now, and we very quickly filled it with stuff. Very "important" stuff that I have a hard time thinking about parting with. I don't know how this happened, but it did.

It’s stuff like that damn camping gear we never use but we might some day so I hang on to it.

We will need to do something with the house itself. We don't want to sell it, so will end up renting it.

I have my job. When I was younger, it was easy to quit whatever shitty job I had because I could always get a new shitty job. Now I have a really great job. I really like my job.

It feels reckless to throw that away, but in the end I will, because I don't want to look back on my life and say "well I'm dying, but it's okay because I had a really great job."

Taking kids sailing is more complicated than I thought it would be. I always thought it was a given that my kids would love sailing.

Well, Hobie is a really energetic kid. And sailing involves a lot of extended periods of being trapped on a boat. Like when traveling to a far away place. Or when it rains for several days in a row. Fortunately Hobie also really likes reading, and of course TV. So I think it will work out.

None of these challenges are insurmountable. It's just harder than I thought it would be. If I didn't have the previous experience of living on a boat, I can see how we would be too scared to do it. I can see why people wait until they retire, and I understand a lot better now why people said we were "smart for going while you're young".