I checked my email yesterday morning, like I always do. However, this time my eyes quickly focused on the subject line ... Notification of Donation Received! I hadn't seen that message from PayPal for quite a while, so this made my day. We have "met" and heard from some great people thanks to this blog, and words can't express how grateful we are for any donation ... big or small. We hope to pay it back in the future when we're visiting people with very little on the islands. So a big thanks to Gary Weskrna for his generosity! We'll be including him and the other kind folks that have donated to our cruising kitty in a toast ... once we're in the Bahamas.
Speaking of donations, I think every cruising blog with a donation button has their share of controversy of that button. We've had an amazing amount of positive feedback on our site and Facebook page, and we can count on one hand the number of negative comments. We had one or two wondering why we had a donate button when we had plans of cruising full-time and had what appeared to be such a nice house. Yes, we think we have a beautiful home! However, we're going to give up that home and move on a 30ft boat with a bathroom/shower the size of a telephone booth, no air conditioning, no refrigeration, and no permanent dock to plant our feet on! I have a feeling that a lot of folks would no longer think we're rich if they spent a few days in the same conditions. If we were truly wealthy, we'd have already started cruising and we wouldn't dare sell our home.
So, we have the donation button because we're not rich, we'll need to generate income while cruising, we sacrifice daily to achieve our dream, and we share everything as we learn it. I dedicate way too much time to this site, and we hope that it benefits someone every now and then. Maybe it's just entertainment for some, educational for others, and motivational if nothing else. Also, that donate button will be handy once we're in the tropics and our family wants to send us a little something. We've already had a friend donate, and they probably wouldn't have if they had to do so in person.
Something else I just thought about regarding that donate button ... it sure has reminded us that there are still some kind and generous people out there! The news is full of one terrible story after another (OMG ... shooting in Connecticut elementary school as I'm typing this), and I often starting doubting the human race. Maybe that's why the world is supposed to end in one week (don't really believe it but ...)! It's nice to check our email every now and then and be reminded otherwise. Thank you!!
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!