When in need of words of encouragement, we received an email from a completely random human who stumbled upon our blog. I loved what he had to say so much, I asked permission to share it with everyone. Thank you Dave Bricker for your take on our lifestyle and journey. A huge eye opener, and reminder of why we left in the first place.
Katie and Jessie,
A friend who met you pointed me to your blog. When I was 23 (I’m now 48), I varnished my way through college, finished (liberal arts degree with a minor in jazz guitar) and broke away from Miami to go sailing on a Whitby 26—a Continental Folkboat. I left for two separate cruises with no more than $35 in my pocket, odd-jobbed around the islands, hopped on a friend’s home-made wooden yawl, and crossed via the Azores to Europe. Those times—even the lonely and scary ones—inform everything I do today. Now I’m married and have a 7-year-old daughter, but I never have to look back and wish I’d had my fun. As a teacher at a University (great irony), none of my students even have the options you’re pursuing on their radars.
So this is just a note of encouragement. The “real world” will embrace you when you’re ready, but it’s capable of waiting quite patiently for years. Enjoy yourselves. Challenge yourselves. And by all means, keep writing and taking photographs, I just finished a 420-page sailing memoir based on my own logs and faded images. I knew I wanted to write 20 years ago so I got myself in and out of all sorts of situations that I might not otherwise have bothered to. I followed my instincts and explored those side streets I might otherwise have passed by. Many produced great stories and friends I’m still in touch with.
Mostly, I want to tell you I’m so very glad to know that some young people have finally managed to pry their eyeballs away from their iPhones long enough to embrace the analog world. Whether or not you realize it, and whether or not your peers have the requisite level of awareness to even notice, you stand for something very important. Keep sailing.
All the best-