“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” - Leonardo da Vinci
I would imagine that some of you must be wondering if we've had a change of plans regarding cruising. After all, it's been months since we've done any significant sailing or work on our neglected sailboat, Nirvana. We post inspirational stuff on our Facebook page and share pretty pictures, but are we really doing anything to make our dream of cruising a reality?! Well, we are NOT changing our plans!
Even though our posts haven't really been related to making the transition to cruising lately, we've been working towards our dream! We're STILL always talking and planning.
Unlike a lot of cruising sites out there, we didn't start our blog once we knew that we had everything figured out. When we first decided to work towards the cruising lifestyle, I surfed the Internet for sites about regular people like us who had to overcome a lot of obstacles to make their cruising dream come true. However, I found that most of the popular cruising blogs were started after all the obstacles of becoming cruisers were overcome. I did find a few cruising blogs that started "from the beginning", but boy did they make it sound easy! Just put a "For Sale" sign in the front yard, place an ad for a garage sale, and move onto the sailboat within a few months!
Well, unfortunately that's not our story! Unlike most future cruisers, we've had a lot of extra obstacles like only "one day weekends" for months, working in construction (Ken) which requires a lot of physical labor, no vacation or sick pay to take time off to complete the required renovations on our house to sell it, deadbeat tenants that suck up our savings every time we turn around, and on and on.
Anyway, we do have a plan! Ken's been working his butt off lately just so we can save up enough money for him to take 4-6 weeks off to get our house ready for sale. Although we are still having rental problems as I write this, we hope that we have things under control!
The plan is to work till the end of the month, then take a much needed vacation to St. Thomas to rest and recharge! After a week in the Virgin Islands (thanks to credit card miles we've saved for 3 years), we plan on dedicating the majority of May to finishing up on house. We'll still have to squeeze in some work at our regular jobs to make a living, but our house will be priority! This summer we plan on sticking that sign in the yard!
So, that's our plan! We hope that sharing our obstacles throughout our journey to cruising will be inspirational to the many others that are faced with overwhelming difficulties in reaching their dream. After all, this isn't a reality show ... this is real life! It ain't easy, but most things in life that are worthwhile require discipline, hard work and perseverance.
The quote by Leonardo da Vinci above pretty much says it all. We could easily give up and let life happen to us! However, we continue to roll up our sleeves, face every challenge thrown at us, and keep moving forward!
This weekend, we're working on our rental to have it ready for our new tenants right before we go on vacation. It will be nice to have that behind us ... for now!
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!