Welcome to Tuesday’s blog, AKA me totally forgetting that we had it today and just now, at 4:05pm, beginning to write it. The thing is, there’s a lot going on right now. Steve and I just found out yesterday that we are COVID positive, so that’s been kicking our butts, and we’ve essentially done nothing but lounge around and try to rest up all day today. So, as I was looking on the MentallySailing Instagram, I was trying to decide what to post to announce the next blog. That’s when it hit me that the next blog was on Tuesday, TODAY is Tuesday, and I have about an hour to write, edit, and publish it. I’ve written the blog and published it a whole day early before, and I’ve waited until 3pm the day of to write it, but never have I been this close to the deadline! That in itself shows just how out of it we are today. Anyway, I hope you all have had a more productive, and less crazy, day. If not, cheers to the chaos!
In other news, we’re beginning to realize just how close we are to being back to living aboard the boat! Our short-term lease runs out June 18, then we’ll be in CO for a week, and then we’re on the boat full-time! Personally, I can’t wait to be back. I’ve missed that place way too much. However, there is so much to do beforehand. The thing is, Steve and I have two very different personalities when it comes to preparing for things. For instance, we have over one month before we are out of here and should be fully moved onto the boat, therefore I am already planning when we need to start moving things over so that we don’t have to do it all at once and be super stressed about it. And then there’s Steve, who would absolutely move everything out of the apartment and onto the boat on the 18th of June and not stress about it one bit. We tend to balance each other out with these things, which means I’ll move most of my stuff on early and he’ll worry about his stuff whenever he wants to. Compromise, am I right? Anyway, the majority of things I’d like to do before we move on are no big deal, we just have to be there to do them and our weekends seem to be filling up, as well as our weeknights! So, fingers crossed we get what we want to do done!
If you’re a boater, home-owner, or really an owner and up-keeper of anything, you know that while fixing one thing you normally find more things that need to be done. We already have a list started, so we’re expecting to add some things to that. The part that makes it all worth it though are the memories. We’ve only sailed once since the hole in the boat was fixed, but that sail and every sail before it has been something I will always cherish. We are so freaking lucky to get to do this adventure together, even when the forestay breaks, our paddle board is out of commission, or the boat gets a hole in it, all of which have happened in the last year. We make adjustments to our plans and we learn to essentially have no plan (just guidelines), so that when things don’t go our way we can adapt and thrive.
Hole in the boat? That’s fine, we’ll take a cross country road trip to Mexico.
No one will fix the boat at the first marina? That’s fine, we’ll throw some Flex Seal on there and sail down to Norfolk.
God knows I couldn’t do this without Steve. But hey, I think that’s why you have these people in your life. You need someone to balance you out, goof off with you, make you laugh when things get hard and feel tough. That’s why, after getting all kinds of obstacles thrown our way, we’ve still made it. We still want to travel and sail and do this life together. Life is crazy and chaotic and absolutely nuts, but it’s also beautiful and breathtaking and everything we never knew we needed. We’re in love with the adventure of it all, and I hope you find something you feel that way about too.
Cheers to a new week, and cheers to a healthy one.
–One more thing I’d like to say: Happy Birthday to my Dad! (I did, in fact, remember his birthday today even though I completely spaced on the blog being due.) Thanks for being the coolest guy, loving me, teaching me to always believe in and trust myself, and for being a role model in my life that I continue to look up to. I love you, Pops!