This was my blog post 2 years ago. I am happy to say that I have overcome my fears of overnight sailing. I didn’t say I liked them, just that it doesn’t scare me so much as it did then. I prefer to see things at all times, especially if things start to go wrong. I love gazing at the stars as much as anyone, but I’d rather do it at anchor. But truthfully, there really isn’t much to see at night out on the water. We hardly ever see another boat or ship. If the winds get out of hand or the waves get larger than they were, then its not really enjoyable in my opinion. In a crisis, I like to be able to see what’s going on. Thats just me. I’m sure Keith would disagree to some extent. He loves the nighttime sail. And that is why he gets the midnight to 4am watch. When I am getting up at 4am, I know its almost time to watch the sunrise. We still have different ideas of adventure.
What’s your adventure
Adventure…… websters dictionary defines this word several different ways. 1.An undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks… and 2, an exciting or remarkable experience.
Everyone has their idea of what their ultimate adventure would be. The other night Keith and I got into a thought provoking conversation. He asked me if I wanted an adventure. Of course I do. But my idea of an adventure is not the same as his idea of an adventure. His idea of an adventure is number 1, “One usually involving danger and unknown risks”. He has never been one to let fear get in his way. Mine is number 2. “An exciting or remarkable experience”. My idea doesn’t involve danger and unknown risks.Traveling to new places is an adventure to me. It seems safe enough. Here’s the thing, neither is wrong in their thinking.
During this discussion, we talked about our future and what we would like to do and where we would like to go and what risks we were willing to take to achieve this. I hate to admit this, but I am a worry wart. I worry about things that haven’t even happened yet. So naturally I worry about all the bad things that can go wrong. But I won’t let it interfere with our plans to sail to new places. Sometimes we get ahead of ourselves in planning trips. It’s not wrong to dream it. But when we start talking about doing several days at sea, (that means possibly no land in sight), then I get scared. Why? Because I’ve never done it before. It may be great. I have certainly heard stories of couples that do this and love it. Maybe I will too.
I want to be one of those people that take risks. I am willing to bet that the enjoyment level is so much more if you had to take risks to get where you wanted to go. And once you got there, what an achievement and thrill it would be. I’ll get there. Life is too short not to go out there and enjoy it.