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Voyager {definition}: a person who goes from place to place, job to job, etc., remaining in each for a short period.

 I awoke this morning from the deepest sleep I have ever had, looked at my ships clock and thought “damn I’m gonna be late for work again”.

I have been going non stop now since April 2nd the day The` arrived.  While 18 hour days are the norm, sleep when I can find it is sweet, deep, and peaceful.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not working 18 hour days, I’m doing small projects on the boat, playing, exploring and living.   I wish I could say that I have writers block and that’s why I haven’t been writing much lately. The truth is there is so much to write about that I’m completely overwhelmed.  Everyday a new adventure finds its way into my life.

I still find it hard to beleave that I am fortunate to have this beautiful little boat and often wake up wondering how I got so lucky.  When she first arrived I was concerned that she would be too small.  Stepping down from an Allegra 24 to a Falmouth Cutter 22 is a pretty big, or should a say small transition.  Now that I am all settled in I wonder if she is more than I need.

My life has become so simple and uncluttered that the space I now live in seems amazingly extravagant for just one person.  I have always been comfortable living out of my tiny day pack and have never wanted for more than the simple contents I can carry on my back.

“Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.” – Swedish proverb

In the last ten days I have been backpacking, sailing, day hiking, Seattle, Lummi Island, and this past Sunday while riding my bike around town I ran into every person I could imagine including a little girl I met for 5 minutes over the summer.  Something about her has kept her on the for-front of my mind ever since.  I was in the park talking to my friend Jessie who I randomly ran into at a coffee shop when this girl walked by with a huge bag of cookies.  “I wonder where that little girl is going with that big bag of cookies I said to Jess”.  “Hey, my friend wants to know what the cookies are for”.  The girl with the cookies was stunningly beautiful and as she walked over she said, “are you Alan?”  I instantly recognized her.  It was beautiful as if the stars had brought us together at that exact perfect moment.  Life has been so good to me that I didn’t even bother to get her phone # I just invited her to stop by the boat for a beer.  Now its up to the universe to see what happens.

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

All I know is after so many trying days, months, and years somehow life is perfect.  I let go of everything and everyone that was hurting me, started with nothing and now have everything I could possibly desire and so much more.  One thing for sure, the less I have the more I live.  I’m surrounded and protected by beautiful people and as free as a bird.

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

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