Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Indian Ocean
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Re: Crusing life style vs giving back
Good question David. Purpose? Yes, difficult for many out here, and then not so for others. Since I started cruising at a much earlier age (37) my sense of purpose was to escape the daily grind of an ordinary existence. To travel the road less traveled, see new worlds, experience and live life on my own terms. Really interesting experience out here.
I think the idea of contributing to others is great, and we try in small ways to offer assistance in the many small communities we visit. My wife was a nurse so the opportunities for her were endless.
It does not take a lot of imagination to contribute, in some way. I imagine your friend could contribute somehow, someway, somewhere if he wants. Up to him to decide on how he wants to live his life, at sea.
In many area where cruisers congregate there are always some type of fund raiser, community awareness, school to support, hospital to be built activities etc. Have met many Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, IT, Builders, Electricians, Plumbers,Shipwrights,Teachers,Musicians, who give their time freely out here.
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