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post #69 of Old 01-24-2007
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Don't Wait: Even if you start now it could be a years before you go....

I just turned 30, bought my boat, and have loved every minute of the pain and expense of running her aground, dealing with the leaking packing gland, breaking the proplock, and almost taking out a million dollar catamaran. The point is, owning my own boat and going through the growing pains are really the only way I am going to get ready for cruising. A friend sent me an email from a blog of a guy who waited a little too long. He missed his window. I used this blog as even more motivation to get going.

I've been exploring how people make the decision personally to take trips like this be it cruising, mountain climbing, or backpacking. Steve Jobs of Apple said it about better than anyone else I've found. A little long, but worth the read.

When I was seventeen, I read a quote that went something like “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right”. It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long form now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.

–Steve Jobs

s/v Jargo
Singlehanding to Panama and beyond

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