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I know it can be discouraging sometimes, but it is probably difficult for you to see all of the progress you have already made towards your goal. When you are living with your dreams every moment of the day it is easy to become blind to all that you have already accomplished. I have no doubts that you have learned a lot of technical skills as you have moved forward, and just think how much more practical you are at this point, you probably have a plan in mind now that really can work, not just some vague inclination.
Every day you move forward you are becoming more of a sailor, learning a new skill here or there, finding new ways to save money, less ways to waste it, etc. I am confident that you are even changing your eating habits, the way you take care of yourself, the way you think about time, many profound changes that optimize you and make you more efficient and ready for the lifestyle that you want to live. When your mind bends towards something you can easily lose the ability to stop yourself from moving in that direction, it can take on a life of its own that you cannot stop even if you wanted to. You are lucky to have such momentum - at some point, one of these days in the future, you'll step off of shore and on to a boat and be a cruiser, and you probably won't even remember all of the work that went into it up until that point, because by then it will be the most natural progression imaginable.
Take heart, you are young and you have obviously worked well beyond some idle enthusiasm and are motivated by real persistence, and there is little in this world that can stand against a truly persistent human being. I hope that you are able to stay thankful for all of the gifts that you have and all of the progress that you made, it sounds like you do have that in mind if you glance back at early posts and realize how far you have come - maybe you could write down an actual log of your efforts to look back on in the future ? I am sure that is something that would put a smile on an old man's face some day down the road when all you have left are your memories of being 30 years old. I can tell you that day will eventually come, so do whatever you can now while you still have the chance.
Your hard work is not in vain, it is all character building. It is never easy to take a harder path to what you truly want, it takes time, energy, but all of that makes you into a better person. You sound like someone who meets adversity with more strength, someone who can redouble their efforts when they encounter setbacks, and that is going to serve you well throughout your life, turn you into the force of nature that you were created to be. If you feel you are too discouraged, maybe it is time to look fresh at the way you are trying to move forward so you can come at it from yet another perspective using all that you have learned from previous attempts. That's what the world does to someone who can learn from it, it optimizes you, tears away all the non-sense and leaves what it useful, making you stronger and more potent. I am confident you will figure it all out and have renewed enthusiasm. The strongest metals are forged in the hottest fires, and after a while it just burns away all the bullsh#t, and you'll be whatever is left, no doubt a world cruiser.
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Last edited by wind_magic; 05-22-2009 at 12:51 AM.