Harborless, my comments below are only my opinion and not meant to be antagonistic in any way. I'm open to other opinions and a good discussion and willing to hold a mirror to my own to see if I need a reboot. After the recent Radio Check thread I feel like I have to preface all my posts with that disclaimer.
Oldies is a term of endearment not disrespect. I do wonder reading these posts though... Where will I be in 20 years?
I can only hope since I am starting so young I will be far away from the daily hustle and bustle. Far off from the wars of oppression and wars of aggression. Nook and crannied in a place where politics consist of where i am and not the world over. Settled into a routine that embodies freedom and expounds living and free-thinking. Surrounded by the people whom I love and who hopefully love me.
I think I understand what you're saying because, well, it isn't new. As I see it, however, to do that means you're foregoing a chance to potentially change the very thing you're running from. If everyone followed your course, what you're running from would eventually turn up where you are.
Lastly, to be somewhere I as an individual truly make a difference. Where the rank and file is still non-existent and the tribe, not the individual, is the greatest commitment.
Good luck with that because now aren't you back to where you started before you left to be your own person? Tribes have issues, too.
I read your posts sailors and I wonder. I wonder what you people do and have done with your lives. What places HAVE you seen and what places have you not. Why you are not already far-off and how and why you plan to do so.
Because someone is here does not mean he or she never left. I've been plenty of places in and out of the US. I'll go plenty of places in and out of the US in the future. I happen to love this region (except for the cold part. I HATE being cold. Don't get me started.) and when I think of where else I'd want to live, I always circle back to home (I happen to have three of them so I have options). That does not mean that I don't enjoy experiencing new places and meeting new people, because I do. But not everyone wants or needs to throw off the lines and sail the ocean blue to feel content.
What have I done with my life? Plenty. I don't think anyone should have to justify his or her life to anyone, however. Justification probably wasn't your intent, you might just be curious, but it's a tricky question to ask strangers of whom you have no clue of their background.
A part of me uses forums like this and the sailors I am anchored with as motivation to never let the burdens of modern life keep me tied to the dock. Reading your posts makes me more determined than ever to set off into the final frontier and make life into what ever it may.
I see life as a gift and a challenge more than a burden. A couple of years ago I had 3/4 of my lung removed because of a tumor that the medical profession has no idea why it occurs. All they know is that it normally shows up in women in their sixties (so in theory I was about 20 years too early for it) and it usually kills them because there are no clear warning signs before it gets too big and does damage. That tumor was my challenge. The fact that I almost passed out driving to work, pulled over and called 911, went to an ER that did random tests to figure out what happened and thus found the spot and it not being cancerous was my gift. Now I feel like I have the strength to deal with anything else that comes my way.
I sincerely hope you all get out and do whatever dreams have propelled you thus far.
What makes you think we aren't? We're on this forum so the majority of us are sailing and living at least one of the dreams. Not all dreams come true. That's life. Sometimes one dream has to be sacrificed to make another come true. You can't throw a tantrum about it. Re-group and move on.
One poster put a quote on this site which I read yesterday speaking about how we all set out with the best of intentions but in the end wind up like the countless other multitudes stuck in the quagmire of a bureaucratic world that revolves around pesos, deutch marks, dollars and yen.
No thanks. If Antarctic is the last place on earth where I can escape the current condition in which we live then I'll drop you guys a post card from my igloo.
In the end I guess you decided to f*** the tribe, eh?