November Begins

And so November begins!

We ended October with a bang, attempting to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, eating some of it ourselves, and then going out for drinks with neighbors when no kids showed up. Even with no treaters, we gave out some to everyone entering or exiting the marina. We did our best and even dressed up as construction workers! All in all, it was worth it, because we got to giggle and play Phase 10 as Halloween ended and the countdown to 2023 began.

Can you believe 2023 is only 2 months away?  I sure can’t.  Time seems to be going fast and yet extremely slow all at once, but I don’t think I’d want it any other way.

We’ve been talking a lot aboard Batland about what we want out of the rest of this year and 2023. The truth is, neither of us are really sure about anything other than the certainty of wanting to tackle it all together. We have plenty of ideas and dreams and hopes to one day achieve and experience, but we aren’t quite sure which road to choose for now.

Sailing is a big love of ours, so is living aboard, but we don’t know what life will look like in a few years when we might want a land dwelling to call our own.  We love the freedom of working remotely, but we also have desires to make connections with co-workers and customers that doesn’t always come with working from home.  We want to move abroad, but we also have this desire to stay around and make a difference in our own community in the states.

Obviously, a lot of this is vague, and that isn’t to be mischievous, but it’s really how we’re feeling on the inside too.  Life is vague right now.  We can’t make every decision all the time, especially when there are so many options to choose from.

I wish I could find the quote, but as of right now it is lost in the cloud… but I remember hearing once that the moment you settle, with a job or life or whatever it may be, you begin to  stop living.  It is in the not knowing, the what-ifs, that life continues to be interesting, an adventure, something to be excited about.  Now, this is not to say that settling down, finding one job and sticking with it, or whatever it may be, is wrong.  You will always find new avenues of unknowns to keep you guessing.  It keeps that fire inside of you to keep questioning what else you can do in life or how many more adventures you get to experience.  Instead of looking at it as a negative thing toward settling, I see it as a positive thing that encourages you to always find new adventures that challenge you and make you step out of your comfort zone.  

When Steve and I were talking about all of the unknowns, I remembered this quote and how much peace it brought me the first time I heard it.  There are so many unknowns in our life, there have been since we met.  We’ve never had a set plan of anything, and if we did it almost always changed a few times before we went through with it.  There are just some things you can’t predict.  So this idea of having so much ahead of us, even if we have no idea what it is, feels exciting. 

At first it was overwhelming, terrifying even, but I’ve found a peaceful niche within it that proves we just have that much more to look forward to, whatever it is. Luckily, neither of us care what happens in the end, as long as we get to do it together. And that, my friends, is something I’ll always be thankful for.

Cheers to November, having peace amidst chaos, and all things to come.


Published by skyepage

"She always had that about her, that look of otherness, of eyes that see things much too far, and of thoughts that wander off the edge of the earth." -Joanne Harris

2 thoughts on “November Begins

  1. Another (appropriate?) quote is “Life happens while you’re making plans.”

    Unfortunately, it will eventually seem like it’s all going by too fast. It’s not settling on any one thing; it’s settling period, getting so comfortable that one doesn’t want to do more than dream.

    FWIW, we’re 70 & 69 and asking almost the same questions. You can’t do it all, but you can damn well do a lot to minimize those death bed regrets. Enjoy the ride.



    1. That quote is extremely accurate!

      Life always happens when we’re making plans. All we can do is live life to the fullest and hope that we make the right choices as we go. Cheers to every adventure!



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