It’s tough to be positive all the time!
During the more than two decades that we ran our martial arts school, a big part of our job was to remain positive. We were fully aware that people did not pay money to come to our gym and not be happy, so regardless of what stresses we were dealing with, personally or business wise, we kept them concealed, and put on our happy faces. 🙂 We did exactly the same thing when we ran charters in the Virgins. Once again, our guests were investing their hard-earned money, this time to have the vacation of a lifetime, and we were committed to giving it to them, regardless of what was going on behind the scenes. I frequently debate, should I do the same thing on this blog? As most readers will attest, I generally try to. Even when I do share about boat challenges, I try to do it with a smile. I think it’s only fair to share though, that sometimes, remaining positive is a tough thing to do, regardless of how picturesque our locale may be.
It has now been close to eight months since we have owned our Amel, and I’m almost embarrassed to admit how many times during that period that I have questioned our decision to sell our PDQ, and purchase this new boat. Almost daily I long for the simplicity of our cat, and the lack of significant problems that we had with her. This was brought home even more vividly last week when we moved ZTC from Grenada Marine to Clarks Court Bay. With each new challenge that we face on Frost, some that I have yet to share on this blog, I second guess our decision.
In the TV show Game of Thrones, would-be ruler Daenerys Targaryen has frequently been known to state “If I look back I am lost.” I oftentimes feel that way myself. At first glance, it would seem easy for us to transition back onto ZTC, into the simple life that we had before. Unfortunately, I feel that we have invested too much time, energy, and money into this new direction, virtually burning the bridges as we have gone along. And I doubt it would really make us happy anyway.
Since the very day that we took possession of Frost, we have been running to keep up with a fairly brisk schedule. We had guests join us almost immediately, then made a trip to Trinidad for boat work, and then had more guests. Right after that we travelled to Trinidad, Panama, and the Galapagos, and when we returned, had still more guests join us. We have had fantastic experiences during the last eight months, and created some lifelong friendships and memories. It hasn’t left us much time to plan ahead though. Yesterday afternoon, Rebecca and I started to discuss what the next few months will hold for us. Our dream of traveling south to Patagonia remains, but the timing for that trip, and the logistics to make it happen (money, boat, etc.), still need to be worked out.
Tune in tomorrow when we return to our regularly scheduled programming of boat maintenance and cocktails, bikinis and sunsets. 🙂