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This is all part of what I love about sailing. So much of what goes on in modern life is such shameless non-sense that it is nice to have some reality in our reality. I like that skills and experience take on a sparkle in sailing, and that it isn't about who can tell the most lies with a straight face and work the system with their academic charms. I also like that the experienced sailors all seem to have a common wisdom, like that they have all been forged by the same fires and reached the same basic conclusions - it is comforting to know that there are still experiences that are capable of changing a person, and that the changes have such breadth that they affect everything. The lessons in sailing can be so harsh that they hack into people's delusions and get to the truth pretty quickly, and it is not easy to lie to yourself over and over. I find it a constant challenge to tolerate the reality that sailing and the ocean can be so fickle and kill, but I do find some reassurance in knowing that we can work our way through these other minor troubles and be the better for it. It's provocative to have something so beautiful as water teach with such awe-inspiring indifference. It seems fair and clean, and potentially deadly. If it weren't for these disasters we might be lured into real tragedy. I just hope to keep learning from all of you so maybe I won't have to repeat the same stuff, as I seem to always do. And I hope I get to learn before my own inexperience gets the better of me.
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Last edited by wind_magic; 10-09-2007 at 11:22 PM.