The short, sanity-friendly version:
Howdy! *extends hand*
You've all heard the story. Mid-20s male, certain that there is more to life than the humdrum of the office and apartment, yearning for the past with rose-tinted glasses, etc etc.
I have decided (as again, I'm sure countless others have before me) that going aboard for good looks like the way to *do* something with life. I'm not foolish enough to think that I can completely cut ties and bob around like a Buffet song, but I do
a) already live 'scaled down' compared to most of the people I know (anyone who works in IT knows the types that career path attracts)
a2) am willing to scale it down further where I need too, and I've got a good idea of where I need to!
b) have a realistic idea of some of the 'stuff' that comes up on a boat. I grew up on Lake Murray in SC. We were too poor to own our own boat when I was a wee lad, but I've been out on other people's powered-crafts from the humble aluminum john on up. Safety, safety, safety!
c) haven't been sailing! But I am ready, able, and willing to learn. Even if that means stowing everything in a shed for a year and taking on as a deckhand on someone else's boat. Absolutely serious here, if anyone knows where to find opportunities like this, please let me know! I see lots of stuff on the net for experienced crews, but have a hard time finding 'will take confident, hardworking, new to sailing, strong swimmer a must!'
I've got a head over-full with ideas, thoughts, questions, concerns, fears, dreams, hopes, and all the other uniquely human feelings that the water conjures up for me (and, I suspect, for many of you), so I apologize for the rambling nature of this post. I promise I'm capable of conducting a rational conversation, but introductions are a time for bright smiles and happy handshakes, I'll be serious in subsequent posts