Why are we still here? It’s complicated!
I have to imagine that a question on many of our reader’s minds is, “Why are we still here?” Why are Rebecca and I still in the Eastern Caribbean instead of having sailed off to Patagonia like we talked about at this time last year? Well, it’s complicated. While I’m not planning on sharing all of the details at this moment, I’ll simply say that we’re experiencing some issues that are keeping us here for the time being. It’s not what we want, but that’s life, we don’t always get what we want.
Even before today’s post, with some of my more reflective and/or less-than-positive writing as of late, astute followers of our blog may have been able to read between the lines to gather that we’ve been going through some challenging times. That’s nothing unique though, right? We all have issues. The key, as many are quick to point out, is to focus on the good things and not the bad. That’s not always easy though, is it?
Just the other day, after coming across one too many Facebook memes about how bad 2016 has been, and “could the year please just end and get on with 2017,” Rebecca spoke out about how wrong she felt that line of thinking was. She pointed out that even with all the issues that we’ve had to deal with, we still had a lot of great things happen to us this year. She listed that we had the opportunity to travel through the Panama Canal, and sail to the Galapagos (thank you Two Fish!), two bucket list items for many people. In addition to that, we’ve had countless other positive experiences, both on the water and on land, with old friends and with new. Yes, the trick is to focus on those things instead of the negative.
What will 2017 hold for us? Plenty of excitement, that much I know for sure. Even though we’ve largely been stationary, relatively speaking, we’ve been using the past 6 months to formulate some exciting plans. So exciting in fact that we’re dying to get moving on them, and also to share them with you. But alas, we can’t. Not just yet.
If there is one thing that Mother Nature forces sailors to learn, it’s patience. While that has never been my strong suit, I’m doing my best. As for the focusing on the positive thing, I’m grateful that I have Rebecca to help me keep things in perspective.
Please note: Even though we haven’t shared details of these particular issues online, we have confided in a number of friends, looking for advice and support. In each case, we asked that our situation remain confidential, and yet we’ve come to learn that certain people have chosen to further share our story with others. Remember kids, gossip isn’t cool. If you are one of the people that we confided in, please respect our wishes.
On a brighter note, check out Mike Horn’s progress! I first mentioned his Pole to Pole expedition back in May. He has just landed in Antartica, and is making ready to begin his overland journey. One thing is for certain… when I grow up I want to be Mike Horn!