View overlooking Trunk Bay, St John USVI
I created the above picture a couple of months ago. Well I didn't create the picture, but I took the picture and decided to add the caption to it. You know what I mean.
Anyway, I think if you've read our blog or any other cruiser's blog you've noticed a common motto among them ... go now! Life is short! Why spend all of your days preparing for a future that may never come? So many cruisers have no regrets. They have tried to convince those "on the fence" that everything will work out, and you gotta put your fears aside and stop delaying.
Ken and I couldn't agree more with this logic. However, here we are ... still living in our house and going to work every day. Believe me, we're not procrastinating and we're not looking for new excuses. Every day we wake up hoping that our house will sell soon. Heck, every day we're thankful to wake up! Every day we hope that we can remain healthy and achieve our dream. We're constantly striving to get to the "finish line" of cruising. We know that we're racing against time, and there's no time to waste. In an instant, things can change.
This morning we had another reminder of just how short life can be. After conversing via e-mail with some cruisers that I had just become familiar with (s/v Sweet Escape), they mentioned that they noticed I had a link to a cruising blog that they had also been following, Blame Buffett. It's a blog about a couple (Ted and Shirl) a little older than us that just started living their cruising dream just three months ago. They had sailed down the East Coast and were in Florida for the holidays, looking forward to the Bahamas soon. Ted wanted to "live like Buffett" ... as so many of us do.
Anyway, s/v Sweet Escape informed me that Ted has passed away on December 27th from a massive heart attack. I was floored and deeply saddened. I've been trying to catch up on my favorite cruising blogs, and just this morning I was wondering about Ted and Shirl and thinking that I needed to visit their site soon. Ted had e-mailed me a few times with great advice and inspiration.
I hesitated mentioning Ted and his blog, but I then thought that his memory will live on if I mentioned him. Just before beginning his cruising dream, Ted wrote a post about the "Lure of the Sea". It's a great post about why he chose cruising, and I suggest you check it out. Here's a little excerpt:
A lot of people have asked me why I want to go on such a long trip on a sailboat. I really am not sure I can answer them in a way that adequately explains my reasons for wanting to cruise. As a matter of fact, there are times when I don't completely understand myself...I just know that I am drawn to it in a powerful way. Is it the lure of the sea? For me it is about living...life is meant to be lived...and following a dream needs to be part of that for me. I read somewhere that "life is not a problem to be solved but an adventure to be lived."
Security...this is an illusion. there is no such thing. Security can be gone in a flash. Nothing is certain, especially at our age. Is cruising the best thing for me to do financially...probably not...but what price can you put on living a dream? Who knows what will happen in the future?
Wise words spoken by a man that had no idea that his time on Earth was very limited. In fact, his last post just one week before his death was about Jimmy Buffett, and how Ted was now "singing his own song".
Ted's story is yet another reminder to stop putting off your dreams. I'm glad that Ted was able to live long enough to see his dream become a reality. I'm sure that the three months he spent cruising were greatly enjoyed, and that Shirl's memories of those times are priceless. I can only hope that we beat our own race against time. It's not to be taken lightly. For those that don't understand our decision to live away from family "so soon" ... this post should help explain our determination. "Soon" may be all we have.
Ted, may you continue singing your own song ... Sail On!
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!