Two years, three months, thousands of miles, two hurricanes, more than twenty waterspouts, seventeen jobs, one grounding, 72 blog posts, two pairs of flip flops, and still one dream.
I began this journey as a school teacher dreaming of the day when I would cast my lines and sail away. I have sailed many knots since then, but still have come set my anchor in the same place in which I started. The hardest part of my journey was not the storms or sailing alone. It wasn’t trouble shooting the engine repairs, or climbing up the mast.
The hardest part was the transient work I needed in order to continue sailing. Each job I had lasted at most only a few months. I missed a feeling of purpose. Not wanting to sail about as a sea gypsy, I’m taking pause to prepare for a future voyage. One where I’ll travel further, not just in distance but also in heart. Until then, once again, I am excited to be a school teacher dreaming of the day when I will cast my lines and sail away.
A cruising friend of mine asked, “So, how does it feel to be swallowing the anchor?”
Swallowing the anchor! Not me. I don’t view this transition to a more stable job with a longer commitment as swallowing the anchor. Instead, I’m simply preparing for my next big voyage. A voyage that requires more planning, more financial preparation, and more miles than I have already done.
I’ll begin teaching again in just a few weeks and I’m busy preparing myself for the school year and Daphne for her first haul-out since I’ve owned her! We are both weary and weather-beaten from our travels and this winter will be full of recovery, boat projects, and expedition planning. Next summer I’m northbound. As far as I can get!
I’m teaching Marine Science, Theater, and Dance at a school that is perfectly situated on the water. When I’m not aboard Daphne, I have a boat-size dorm room that I’ll call home and many pre-teen boys to look after. Even though I won’t be sailing daily, I’ll still be on a path toward future voyages and greater simplicity despite diving back into a complex culture. Now its time to pause, revive, and set in motion a plan for the long-term.
There are more exciting things in my near future as I try to find a balance of simple living in today’s culture. And there are boat projects! Lots of them. The winter to-do list is long.