We’re approaching two weeks living back on land, and our memories are buzzing with cherished memories of the last five years aboard Our Floating Home.
We know this is a mere pit stop to our affection for an adventurous life style.
Somebody recently said to me, “You got to do something few people get to do.”
I know they were sincere and genuine in their comment, but something has been gnawing at me, and today I figured it out.
Stephanie and I didn’t “get to” experience this amazing adventure … we chose to make it happen.
There were obstacles and actually, some risks involved, but we “Just Said Yes” and gave it our best shot.
We were inexperienced when we started.
We learned with each day, and the learning curve was enormous.
We kept going.
This morning I was reflecting on one moment that was particularly frightening, and inspirational all at the same time!
It was when we entered a very busy New York Harbor for the first time.
Our friend and mentor, Capt Buzz Woodward, said to me, “Jim, be careful of all of the water taxies and ferries. They do not care how big or beautiful your boat is – do not get in their way!”
As we approached the harbor, it was raining and a little windy and my head was on a pivot looking left, right and behind me.
The waters were very busy with ferries, freighters, and more.
And then, I saw Lady Liberty and I got serious goose bumps, and a feeling of immense pride.
This was one of hundreds of moments over the last five years when I was scared and exhilarated at the same time.
It was a moment that I felt incredibly alive, and grateful that we said yes to something that was considered outside the box.
So yes, we “got to experience” something amazing.
But that all happened because initially, despite the fears and feelings that it was outside the box, and possibly nuts, we just said yes.
Stephanie said on one of our early videos, “we traded practical and predictable for adventurous and exciting.”
I couldn’t agree more.
In life and in business, we all have opportunities to try something new, different, or to reach for some big goals.
Some things are scarier than others, like negotiating New York harbor on your 4th time driving a 50’ boat!!
But in the end, I believe we won’t regret the things we did; we’ll regret the things we didn’t do.
We’re very blessed to now live in a beautiful home, close to our family.
And it is a perfect home to figure out what our next adventure will be, even if it comes with a twinge of fear!!