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I read the book about a year ago and liked it a lot. It did have a lot of the family, growing up kind of stuff but there was also a good deal of her experiences sailing and visiting the different parts of the globe.
I was also surprised at how little preperation went into it but on the other hand I feel now a days and especially a lot on this forum people are so obsessed with preperation and experience and never getting out there and actually do it.
Don't get me wrong, I am the type of person to usually over prepare myself and always very carefully plan things out and I am not referring to the "I am new to sailing and want to cross the Atlanic - would a sunfish be a good boat for the job?" type of post but I do feel if someone has half a head on their shoulders, knows the basics, time of year, has the proper equipment - then just go out there and do it!
I feel in our culture and this day in age we just lack that mentaility. I am a big advicit of being safe and again I am not saying someone new to sailing should just set off across the world on any boat - but I do think sometimes you do just have to get up and go and stop listening to every single person that says you don't have enough experience or not to do it because you havn't been preparing it for 10+ years. People have been doing things they probably should never have done for hundreds of years. Discovering America, the first airplanes, going to the moon, sailing around the world, etc. Preperation is a must but if you don't eventually take big risks and get out there then nothing of what we know today would be around. I don't mean to go off on a rant but it just feels like we live in this safe little bubble. 7 years ago when I was in Highschool there was 1 bus stop for my half mile road. Now in the same stretch there are 6 stops at every kids house just because it is safer if they don't have to walk 2 minutes down the road.
Life is all about learning from challenges and failures and growing from it and I know sailing around the world at 18 is an extreme example but I feel like now everyone looks down upon challenge and risks and its all about "safe" and "easy."
Again, safety is good and especially with all aspects of boating but I am referring more to the general outlook on life and getting the most out of it as oppsosed to never taking risks and challenging oneself.