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Re: The future of the sailing world. Why are there so few young people cruising??
I'm a 22 year old Singaporean and I'll be graduating in 2 years. The cost of living here is high. Although the tuition fees are subsidised, the property prices here are out of control. Even a standard 3 room government high rise apartment costs half a million USD. To buy a car, we are required to bid for a certificate of entitlement which costs us 70-80 USD on top of the actual price of the car. That's why the rat race for better jobs starts from a young age, where parents struggle to send their kids to good schools and students at universities clammer for honours degrees to get ahead in the game, ahead of the inflation swell.
Now I have spoken to many students my age about their hopes and dreams, and in my opinion, it's kinda sad that almost all the time it's work related. Most young folks are so intimidated by the massive financial obstacle that they lose grip of any desire of adventure.
I crave for adventure, but I face the same obstacles. The question, in this context, comes down to what are you willing give up. For me, I've decided never to get my own apartment/car before I purchased and maintained a stable balance sheet of owning my very own bluewater voyager, which as itself will become my apartment. It is unlikely that I'll sustain any form of long term employment thereafter, given the nature of circumnavigation voyages.
In other words, I will be giving up the typical career-paved-settling-down-with-wife-and-kids future every singaporean parent would want for their kids. Not many are willing to give that up, not as a matured adult you are supposed to become.
My friends tell me my head is still up in the clouds, and it's a matter of time before I grow out of my dreams. I dread the day I realise how unrealistic my dreams are, but until then, I'll keep moving towards my current perception of the life I so desire.
The world is shrinking faster than ever, and sailors, voyagers, circumnavigators, adventurers become a fast vanishing breed. Why travel then you can walk the trails of the Grand Canyon, dive the depths of the Great Barrier Reef with Google? I have been searching high and low for like-minded folks to pursue this common goal with but it has so far been fruitless.