Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be sitting in SHORTS and in November and prepping a sailboat for an afternoon of sailing. It still takes me by surprise every other day or so that I live here. Life is a kick in the pants, isn’t it?
Back in Colorado, it’s cold and everyone has put their heaters on. There has been a little snow too, and the morning air is so crisp it used to tear through my lungs in the morning as I trotted into the gym in the dark to get a workout in the morning.
Here, it’s bright, sunny and in the 70s.
When we took our ASA Sailing 103 course a couple of weeks ago, we had the opportunity to take the 20+’ boat out for an afternoon of free sailing – our treat for taking the course and doing well on our test, etc. Except that day, there wasn’t any wind, so we deferred it.
Yesterday, the sailing club had an opening, so we took out the boat to test our skills and our instructor was happy and kind enough to come along to test us a little – at our request. After all, these boats are expensive and we want to be sure not to die out there too.
While we were prepping the boat – lots of stuff to do there – we had some funny little ducks with black mohawks quacking at us.
We practiced getting off the dock and did not-so-great, but our docking was excellent – top notch. So, we have some practicing to do on the backing it out.
Still, blue water, blue skies, warm breezes – you can’t go wrong.
It seems like this guy is really enjoying sailing, doesn’t it?
Do I miss Colorado? You bet I do. I’m still in mourning for having to leave the place I loved so much.
But I also wanted to sail again, and for a long time I thought that would never happen. Yet somehow the universe made it happen. I read this book recently, The Five Regrets of the Dying, and in it the author said this: Smile and Know. In your darkest times, smile and know that your prayers and wishes and dreams and desires have been heard. I wonder if all along, God heard my wish to sail and worked that into the plan after all. I am taking that phrase, Smile and Know to heart more and more.
Like I said, life is a kick in the pants.
I guess how you recover depends on how gracefully and quickly you can get up from getting kicked.