Don’t be fearful!
So, how is our Real Sailing Adventure plan coming together? As of this morning, we have had 5 couples step up and send in their money, and one other promise to pay in the first week of June. There are one or two others who seem ready to commit but until that happens, you never know. If there is one thing that I learned from running our martial arts gym for over two decades it’s that until people pay, they are not really committed.
I’m wondering if I’m beginning to see a parallel.
While there are many people who dream of packing up, selling off and heading out cruising, only a tiny fraction of them actually do it. Why? There are no doubt countless reasons, some better than others. Most can be summed up as simply as this: fear of change. Fear that my situation after leaving behind life on land will be worse off, or for those who only ever intended to cruise for a fixed period of time, that life on land will be worse when they return. But what about the people who do actually head out? Don’t they have those same fears? My guess is that they do but stronger than that fear, they also have a very positive belief that things will work out.
On several occasions I confessed in this blog that when we left Canada, we knew that we would have to work at some point down the road. I also wrote that at the time, we had no plan to obtain that necessary income, but in spite of that, we knew that it would all work out. That is a leap of faith, and I think it’s what all those who were able to “throw off the bowlines” have had to take. The parallel that I mentioned above relates to the people who have been quick to support us. No one wants to be the first person to buy something new, especially something unproven. The five couples who have stepped up to support us took that leap of faith, and for that, we’re extremely thankful.
We’re looking forward to meeting and sailing with:
- Aurora and Dennis
- Mike and Tracy
- Barbara and Daniel
- Steve and Darla
- Dave and Jenny
You’re all rockstars in our eyes!
When Rebecca and I talked about this plan, we discussed how nice it would be to sail with people who are really into the lifestyle like we are, people who want to learn, explore, grow in the process. I’m now more confident than ever that the ones supporting us will be exactly those kinds of people. Unfortunately, we have not yet reached that critical mass to make this happen. Will we? I truly hope so, both for our sake, and for the sake of the guests already registered who seem truly excited to join us. Please, if you’re one of those sitting on the fence, I urge you to commit. To be fair to all those involved, we do not intend to keep this offer open indefinitely, and without at least 10 couples on board, we won’t be able to make it work, and will have to return the money.