One of the questions we are asked most often is when we will be taking off. After all, we have been in the “getting ready” stage for almost two years and the boat must be ready by now. In those early days when I knew exactly how all this was going to play out my answer to that question would have been a definitive date of October, 3 2014. However, life happened, we got distracted for a few months and we missed that departure window. It was all for the best anyway as it allowed us to spend much needed time with our daughter, the opportunity to help a family member in need, and the joy of spending more time visiting with friends and family, all of which made our lives so much richer. And truth is neither we nor the boat were ready anyway. Funny how things work out.
In all my naivete I put another date on the calendar, still living under the illusion that we have control over the events of our lives. Some lessons are just harder to learn. So if you would have asked me at the beginning of this year, I would have given you the drop dead departure date of September 7, 2015. Ha! Life is an ever evolving series of events that we must weave into our plans, desires, and dreams.
A few months ago we made the difficult decision to sell our home and make the full leap into this life, giving away most of our belongings and moving full time onto our boat. That life event is now behind us, but it took quite a bit of our time and our energy. Then two weeks after moving aboard we were graced with an unexpected trip to Germany. While there Steve taught a seminar and we made the time to visit with good friends in both the regions of Bavaria and Swabia for a few days each. We would not have wanted to miss the two weeks spent in Germany as it was truly memorable in so many ways. However, a European trip combined with two months of house selling chaos has us way behind schedule. I am beginning to understand the concept of “Go with the flow”
We have been back on board Pablo for the last four days and we are just now starting to feel our energy return. We have gotten back into the swing of boat life and have begun to tackle new boat projects, complete old ones, and get to those todo lists that relate to leaving land. Now when people ask us when we will be taking off. My response is simple……
When it is time.