Two years ago today, we shoved ourselves away from the marina in Florida with more anxiety than sailing experience but with more determination than doubt. We had no expectations, didn’t even know if sailing would be for us but we took a deep breath and untied the lines.
Our destination and first stop was known – the Berry Islands, Bahamas – but our length of trip, return date, and end point was unknown. If you had asked us 2 years ago where we thought we would be today, we would have been 100% wrong. Even with big hopes and dreams the thought of sailing to Panama seemed so out of reach. At that point in our journey we were literally just trying to survive out here.
The adjustment from a stable, comfortable land life into a vulnerable, salty life on the sea definitely has not been an easy one. In fact living full time on a boat is really hard, it is uncomfortable and some days you question your sanity. But the experiences, the places, the people and the world we get to see by traveling on a boat, well, that is what has forever captured us and makes all the struggles worth the fight. Through every experience – the highs and the lows – we have learned so much about ourselves and each other. We have been through times of darkness and times of uncertainty, but with each low the universe offsets it with an euphoric high so we power through stronger than before as our own little team of two.
This lifestyle has certainly pushed us outside our comfort zone, it has softened our assumptions, and has helped us embrace the great unknown. Our understanding of the world has forever changed along with our perspective on many things in life. While we sit here today reflecting back on the last two years, we can not say the journey has been easy but we can certainly say the destination has been worth it. And while the future of our voyage is still unknown, one thing we know for sure is, we only have ONE LIFE and we’re going to LIVE it.