Whew! I am writing today’s blog on Monday, a day before it’s published. To say we are exhausted would be an understatement, considering just three days ago we were still in AZ! We drove all day Saturday and through the night to make it to family in Atlanta around 2:30 pm on Sunday. We ate, showered, chatted, and slept for another couple of hours and then left again that same night. We finally made it to my parents around 3:45am Monday morning and have been recovering all day yesterday and finally got back on a normal sleep schedule last night.
We are glad to be back on the East coast, but we know we have a lot of things to get done once we’re fully home to the boat. There’ve been a lot of feelings going around about our trip, our lives, our adventures. Though we wouldn’t change them for the world, we also know that this is not your normal everyday life experience.
We are pretty much never sure what our next plan is. We always have a tentative one, but “subject to change” has become a highly used phrase. We’re never exactly sure where we’ll be next week, next month, and definitely not next year. This is hard for us both, as we do love to plan ahead. It helps that we’re very flexible people and we know that the world will not always work in our favor, so when things do go wrong we are at least a little prepared for the change.
We love what we do, don’t get me wrong. It’s amazing. But, we also know that there are things going on in this world that we aren’t touching. There are people who need help, laws that need changing, systems that need to be torn down and rebuilt. Sitting in our little nook of a boat can make you forget about those things. Sometimes, I barely use my phone due to whatever boat work we’re doing, but when I pick it up I get thrown back into the broken world we live in. It really shows our privilege, and that isn’t something I take lightly. Acknowledging our privilege and working to make it so we are at a spot of creating change rather than taking advantage of our place in this world is so important, but it’s so easy to forget about. It’s easier to live in your tiny corner of the world and hope that one day someone will do something to change it all. We aren’t those people, it’s just not in our blood. We want to help people, change things, impact someone for the better. We want to be the ones making the change somewhere.
And then, reality sets in again. How can we change things from a boat, when we’re never based anywhere for long, and we can’t hold true community outreach without consistency? Those are some hard questions. The thing is, we can vote, research, and spread the word of how to enact change. We can march, protest, WRITE about it all. We can dream about what we might do when we are somewhere permanent and how we can help those in that future community.
For now, it’s really important that we make sure we are still informed and educated on the matters that are important to us. We have to first be content with our life that we’re living, enjoying the moments we have to explore and meet so many people. Meeting people from different backgrounds and walks of life is part of the excitement and joy! It rounds you and opens your mind to the way others live that may not look like you, talk like you, or live the way you do.
We are learning so much through these adventures, and I love every bit of it with Steve. When we’re not sure if we’re changing anything or making an impact on anyone, we know that we have each other to support us and remind us that we are creating change and making differences. It may not be in the big ways like changing a law or writing a bill, but in the ways that show others we care, or that gives others comfort in our space. It’s not always easy. It’s hard, but we strive to stay open, humble, creative, and passionate about the things we want to change.
After all, we’re young, Rome wasn’t built in a day. We have time to adventure and build our knowledge of what we may truly want to do or how to do it. We will find it all out along the way, but for now, I’m enjoying the heck out of the journey.
THIS WEEK (in photos!)