I took this picture from our room on St. Thomas, USVI. A Catalina is out there ... can't wait till ours is!
I really like the above quote in the picture, because landlubber life can be so monotonous! Don't get me wrong ... Ken and I have a wonderful family, great friends, and we often take advantage of all the happenings just minutes away in the New Orlean's French Quarter. However, our weeks are pretty much the same ... get up early, go to work, come home, prepare and eat dinner, watch a few shows on television, then go to bed and start the next day. Every now and then we'll go to a local "Happy Hour" during the week, but for the most part we stay home and save money. We live for the weekends, which often consists of errands and/or getting some rest. The really fun weekends of festivals or sailing are few and far between.
Needless to say, we can't wait for a lifestyle that is constantly changing. The landscape, the people, the culture, the sights ... always new and unique. Life can be "lived" or it can be "experienced". We vote for the "experience", which for us means new environments, relationships and challenges.
We realize that the uncertainty in cruising isn't always a good thing ... the weather and unexpected repairs can really mess up a plan. But, the beauty of cruising is that adjustments can be made and the plan can be changed pretty easily. There's a quote I recall that says something about when the winds of change aren't as expected .. just adjust the sails.
Our current landlubber life is a little harder when making adjustments! We decided a couple of years ago that we wanted to buy a sailboat, fix and sell our house, get rid of all the "stuff" in the house, and go cruising. Buying the boat wasn't all that difficult, but we've been feeling helpless with selling our house. We can't just price the house at some ridiculously low price, because then we wouldn't have any money to fund our cruising plans. We just lowered the sales price again, and we're at the point where we really can't do much more. Luckily, the holidays are over and the housing market generally improves in the Spring.
We've already made some adjustments to our plan of selling our rental that recently became vacant. The house is in a rural area, and there's just not enough demand right now. The house is priced below market value, and we've had zero activity on the house over the last month. We have very limited savings, and we can't afford to pay the mortgage for a couple of months only to decide at that time to rent it. Since the mortgage consists mostly of interest, that would be money wasted. So, we decided to list the house for rent. Once our current house sells we can pay off the rental mortgage, and try to sell it a later date.
In a way, this decision has been a relief! Ken and I have been stressing about the rental not selling in time and being left with absolutely no money for anything that could go wrong. We don't like being unprepared for the challenges of life, and we feel we've made the right decision. Have you ever come across a person that just "freezes" when faced with a life challenge? They do nothing, hoping the problem will just go away and then everything just gets worse. I just want to shake those kind of people!
The other night we ate Chinese food for dinner and my fortune cookie said, "It's in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped". We couldn't agree more! Every decision paves the road of the future ... even the decision to do nothing has consequences.
With the exciting news during our Vegas vacation, we've also adjusted our cruising goal/date ... just a little bit! We're trying to be as realistic as possible with ourselves in setting our goals, so we felt our cruising plan needed to be adjusted. Check out our latest cruising plan here.
Our landlubber life does have a few unknowns that we don't like. When will our house sell? Will we really be in it for another hurricane season?! We're thinking (and hoping) not!
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!