Ryan and I are thrilled to be back on our boat in Vero Beach, Florida, as we get ready to ring in the New Year and prepare for crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas in the next week or two.
Contrary to custom, though, I’m not making any resolutions; I realized this year that I hate New Year’s resolutions. To me, resolutions are a list of lofty goals, half of which I might achieve, the rest of which I’ll just feel guilty about when I look back on them at the end of the year and realize I failed miserably at checking them off. Why put that kind of pressure on myself?
So, on this eve of 2013, my one resolution is to not make any resolutions. Instead, I’m looking back on 2012 with pride in the great strides we’ve made to transform our lives in a way that will guarantee a life of adventure in 2013.
For the last two years, I’ve had the photo below as my screensaver to remind me that there was a different kind of life out there from the one we were living. I took this photo on our bareboat charter vacation in the BVIs and it’s served its purpose in nudging me to pursue this life.
On October 16th, 2012, we finally made that life our own and left New York City on Hideaway, feeling tired and stressed about all the responsibilities and routines we’d built around our lives. And since then, we’ve done everything in our power to shed as many of those responsibilities and routines as possible, so we could live on a boat and pursue a simpler, more adventurous life.
Our families worried about us (though I think they’re used to our hair-brained plans by now), and wondered out loud if we’d be safe, and if we’d taken enough precautions. They often said things like, “Don’t you worry about pirates?” or “I admire your courage.”
Which brings to mind this quote by Paulo Coelho. For us, this life isn’t about being courageous because, frankly, we crave anything but routine. If anything, living in New York City for six years when we’d previously moved countries every two years, was the bravest thing we’d ever done. We held fast to that city because we were solely responsible for the businesses we’d built there. And therefore we had to override any urge we felt to pick up and move at a moment’s notice.
So, courageous? Hardly. Dangerous? As Paulo Coelho said, “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal.”
With that, I wish all of you and yours a Happy New Year from the happy crew of Hideaway.
May 2013 be chock full of adventures.