Living the dream?
Before you start to read this coming text, please remember that I do think that we are extremely privildged to be able to travel like this instead of hunting for food every day, like most people in the world have to. This piece is merely to start a process within us, because I think, I really think, that most of us in the priviledged world are programmed to do things without REALLY questioning what we do.
Living the dream - Part 1
Ever since I read that sentence it has been bothering me.
And if so, what is that?
First of all we can look at the sentence and the individual words:
LIVING, well that means that we are not dead, but many are living without
living, if I may be drastic.
THE, is probably the word that strikes me as the most demanding in this sentence, THE to me means there is one dream and that's the one we are living. Well that's a choice you have to make, wich dream to live, and THE one is of course a simple choice.
DREAM, now since I do not have Google or an encyclopedia at sea, I have to
stick with my memory, the very small google.Maybe it's more like ggl.
If somebody told you: - I have a dream husband, would believe it? Probably not.
If I told you, - Im living my dream, would you believe me? Maybe. Because a boat is a metaphor for freedom. It has all the elements: you cast off, the white sails driven by the wind, the blue ocean, the island with palm trees. Everything is a proof that it must be LIVING THE DREAM, right?
Well at the same time it's scary, what about storms? pirates? reeefs? get along in a boat? etc
So there we are again, safety against freedom. You trade one for the other.
Humans are flock animals, we are dependent on each other. There are very few
people that could be isolated in a cell for years and stay sane. We simply need
each other. So leaving the flock is probably the scariest thing we can do. Well
once upon a time it meant dead, to be thrown out of the
So to live your dream you have to leave your comfort zone.
When you leave the comfort zone it becomes uncomfortable, and that is for
sure a boat.
So is living the dream - hapiness?
What we all search for?
Hapiness can be defined in many ways, but the one I like is Mihailowitch
(sorry about the spelling), who wrote the book FLOW.
Hapiness comes out of the flow, because we are "bigger" than ourselves when
we climb a mountain. When I'm sailing a boat and have control, I'm the
So being volonteers to live an uncomfortable life, what's in it?
Somebody said,- it's like running a race,then you suddenly fall when you are jumping over an obstacle, and lying there you ask yorselfe, where am I running? Why am I running?
It seemes to be the word that most yachtees have asked themselfes: Why? And
then they cast off and took all the uncomfort with that.
So one would ask, if you are LIVING THE DREAM, what is the dream then?
And that is the drawback of being human, we always have another question, don't we?
I ll try to find that out and get back...
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