To answer some of the questions:Adam: I love my job most of the time. I have been lucky enough to create my position and my role in the organization I work in, which I generally find extremely gratifying. I get to be a leader which I love. Beyond that I live in a great community that I love and my life now is absolutely wonderful and blessed.
(we can come back to our community, which we very likely will, we would keep our house.)
Secondly, MikeInLA, yes, it is MY dream, but my kids have been raised on boats all there lives (weekends). And they have also been raised with the idea that we will go cruising. They love to fish, swim and play on the beach. The dream of scuba diving and surfing is magic to them. So I think they are IN on the idea (remember they are 4 and 6 - they want to do everything I (there dad) does from painting to cooking from the minute I get up to their last waking minute...this will end someday soon and I want to honour this magic time as a parent...thus the urgency to go SOON.)
My wife, she never wanted to be on a boat at first but slowly over the years she has grown more and more fond of the idea (she does love to travel.) We had an offer from someone very recently to buy our cruising boat, located down south, out of the blue. I offered the idea to my wife to sell it...she couldn't understand why on earth I would even consider selling. I explained that the cruising dream is a huge gamble and massive committment (also I really value my career and we have another small cruising boat here on the lake).
Selling the big boat would provide an opportunity to backout of the family cruising idea and maybe we would charter a boat in the BVI a couple of couple times. (Mind you I did tell her I would very very likely buy another 2nd boat, albiet smaller within a year or two and thought of me traveling to look a boats and hours and hours surfing yachtporn influenced her decision) She said - LETS KEEP THE BOAT. She helped pick the boat and she likes the roominess of it, I would be happy on something smaller and simpler. She appreciates the hominess of the BIG boat (46 feet.)
"The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labours hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective". -- Henry David Thoreau
Last edited by GreatWhite; 10-07-2009 at 05:41 PM.