I talk a good talk. But truth be known, I’m afraid to go too far from the dock. I hear way too many scary stories of those that had something go wrong. These are well meaning people. They just want to make sure you are well informed. But I realize I have to get past this. I follow several sailing blogs that make me green with envy. I realize that I just need to get out there and do it. Things will go wrong but things will go right too and it’s the things that go right that make it worth while.
There is fear in the unknown. But there is comfort in the known. And I know that life at the dock is safe. The people are a lot of fun to hang out with. But being at the dock allows me to see that most people don’t take their boats out for day sails like we do. I don’t want to live my life at some dock. I want to get out there and experience the amazing blue waters. I want to fish. I want to snorkel. I want to sail. And I want to hang out with people in new places. But most of all, I don’t want to be afraid to get there.
I have learned that sailing to most places takes place during the night. That way you can arrive at your destination during day light. That scares me. But I have yet to meet meet someone who doesn’t like sailing at night. Everyone says that it’s an amazing time to sail.
Another thing that scares me is being out on that great big ocean with no land in sight. Others see it as adventurous. I know I will get to that point. There is still so much to learn. Folks tell us we will do just fine. That others have done it with far less knowledge and technology then what we have. That is encouraging. I know we will do just fine. What I lack in sailing knowledge, my husband makes up for. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and do things, and not let fear keep you from your dreams.
We are still trying to figure out when we will break loose from the dock. And the next few months we will do more breaking away in the way of short weekend trips. For some reason, I’m afraid of running aground (again). I have learned that there are two kinds of sailors….those that have run aground, and those that will. Will I be afraid? Probably. But I have to get past my fears and start thinking of it in terms of being adventurous. Baby steps. This life style is still new. But great things will happen.