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Glad to hear you're doing better. having the right partner when in a situation like yours is key. Hope to see you back on the water soon.
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This has been since July. I started with information on our travels, and as more information came forward about my growth the more quiet I became. Finally today I got the news it is very confined. I have been wanting to type this thread for a month. I thought it best to only type it when there was good news.

I wanted it to be about sailing, and not about me. Now that I know I can return to the boat healthy. I can type the thread. I juat want to promote some thinking, and already it is working. It's about living life..........i2f
I am really happy for you. That opening post was sad but also beautiful and more beautiful since you are returning to shape again.

I guess that all of us that are well past 50 think about the time that we still had to fulfill our dreams. Personally I have a simplistic way to get over it. I consider that I had already a happy and fulfilled live and that all years I still have ahead are a kind of Bonus, big or short, we will see, but a bonus anyway.

I am about to retire from my "fixed job" to remain only with the other adaptable job, one that I enjoy and that I can program at my will. I hope to stay on the water and cruise for several uninterrupted months each year, I hope to cruise more by car but I don't plan to stay much time away from my kids (even if they are grown up now ) or given up on the job that gives me pleasure and personal fulfillment.

I believe that one of the secrets to live a happy life is not expecting too much (but never give up to try to do better) and have many loves, I mean, many things that are important to you and that you really enjoy to do, so much that you can say: I love it. That reminds me that I have promised myself to fly again, as soon as I semi-retire. I love flying...but I have not done that for almost 40 years. That's a forgotten love that I want to recover son...If I have the time

Regards, and all the best to you and your lovely wife,

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Well said I2F.....it's great to hear you are back on top of it all. Keep at it, I for one most certainly wish you well on your travels.

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I2F...its good to hear from you and that the ship has righted its course. Life doesnt always promise smooth sailing, and going through its "storms" with a loving partner makes the triumph over lifes adversity so much more gratifying.

Live life to the fullest.....return to your course toward Hawaii......smooth sailing ahead to you are your wife.

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The photo of our faces are from a week before we left. The one watching weather pass was from 8 years ago. I love the thought of Mel touching my head in that pic........i2f
It was that photo, the one with Mel touching your head, that tells a story. There are pics that capture a moment and there are others that tell a story ... story telling photos are my favorites.

Again, be well. We all have suprises and challenges in life, it's how we deal with them that counts. I think you've got it in hand.
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TC, I'm guessing from the context you're Canadian? Cruising comes in all flavors. We've got a friend who keeps her boat in Georgian Bay and cruises 4 months/year; then returns to the US to work for 7 months. Can you do something similar - cruise seasonally and work in winter while living as inexpensively as you can to build up a kitty? Not sure what your profession is and whether this is practical for you, but it could be an option for getting cruising sooner?
Yes, I'm Canadian living in Toronto. Unfortunately my line of work (IT, specifically VOIP phone systems and internet services) doesn't lend itself to taking half-year sabbaticals to go cruising. That said, I have come to the conclusion that I'd rather be cruising than have a career, so I have been weighing the pros and cons of finding a more seasonal type job (construction, tree-planting, crab fishing, whatever) to do precisely what you mention. Although, with the "pro" aspect being that I'm on the water a lot more, the "cons" really don't amount to much
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How about taking a refridgeration class? I met a couple about to turn back to Canada from Cabo Mexico. They had misjudged what it took to cruise. He was a mechanic, and giving away his services. Once he started charging they were able to continue on.

6 months later I met them in Puerta Vallarta, and they were preparing to sail to the South Pacific. YES, it is illegal to work in some countries, but there are all kinds of people out there who can't change a fuse. It's just a thought.......i2f
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I thought of that too.. taking a diesel mechanic class, and I'm already handy with electrical.. in the process of learning the finer art of rigging and such. As a generally hands-on handy-type dude that does all the work on my boat myself I'm sure i could make a few bucks "helping" out fellow cruisers in marinas along the way, I'm just not sure how much I can rely on that as a reliable source of income..

I guess I won't know until I get out there..
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Leave with a kitty for a year, or so, and figure it out along the way. There are no guarantees in life, and sometimes you just have to roll the dice, or learn to live with regrets.

Friends asked me when I sold my business. "How can you give that money up?" I wasn't happy with the money. I wanted to see over the horizon, and explore the possibilities of my life's potential.

You're a young man, and there are many do overs in life. Living life gives you more experience to make better decisions.........i2f
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Leave with a kitty for a year, or so, and figure it out along the way. There are no guarantees in life, and sometimes you just have to roll the dice, or learn to live with regrets.
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That's true.. now to nail down a number.. Thanks for the encouragement and advice!
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