One of the things that’s most interesting about this whole journey for me, is that, though traveling by sailboat, I don’t consider myself a sailor. I know how to sail, and living on sailboat off and on over the last 16 years plus taking a sailing class, I can generally speaking handle a sailboat. I even enjoy it under the right conditions. But still, I don’t really consider myself a sailor.
I’m a traveler. I want to see the world, and sailing is the available and viable travel option. It does also play into my love of history and exploring. I would even consider myself an armchair adventurer, although I have been tossed out of the armchair and into reality, my phsical condition and tone would give little if any indication that it was the case.
I’m nearing 40, I have 3 kids, and I’ve been a couch potato most of my adult life. And of course, I’m not really a sailor. (My husband is the sailor. If you get him in a conversation about sailing or sailboats, clear your calendar … *I love you, honey.)
So, what brings all this up?
I’m tired of things always being they way they’ve always been. I’m tired of adventures being limited to screens and midnight tent-forts with reading lights. I have mental illness that makes adventuring an extra adventure, a combination of balancing what I can handle, with want I want to do and what I need to do.
I’m not the “ideal” of an adventurer, I’m not in my 20’s with no responsibilities. I’m not a social butterfly that easily interacts with whomever I meet. I’m not in great shape to hike for miles to see the amazing things (yet).
I’m just a regular woman.
A regular woman with the opportunity to take my life from regular to epic. A woman ready to take a chance, because who knows if or when the chance will come again… and even if it did, I’d likely not be any more ready for it then I am now.
I mention all this because so many let all of the above limit them. (I mean, seriously, I have agoraphobia and I’m still doing this!) Over the next few years, I’m going to be working on improving my physical and mental health to the best of my ability. I’m going to try to make myself into someone who CAN do all this by going and doing it!
Hopefully, as you read along over the next few years, I’ll become more and more of a real adventurer. I am attempting to intentionally create my life, and shape who I am through it.