Nine to 5

BZZZ!  BZZZ!  BZZZ!  Get up.  Go to the gym.  Come home.  Shower.  Go to work.  Come home.  Cook dinner. Eat. Go for a walk.  Clean the kitchen.  Homework.  Look at the phone.  Watch TV.  Go to bed.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat.

Oh yeah, and on the weekend, we spice things up!  Laundry.  Meal planning.  Grocery shopping. Housework. Home repair projects and maintenance.  And occasionally a drive to mountains to hike or snowshoe. 

It’s the day-to-day grind, and somehow over the past 2 decades we have allowed our grind to dominate our time, leaving little extra for us to pursue our passions. 

We all do it, our lives become routine, and that’s OK.  It doesn’t matter where you live, what your job is, how large or small your family is, we all have our own variation on life routines.  But I wonder, is there something different?  Or is it just a different routine in a different location? 

In the past few months, we have started following several sailing YouTubers and have grown to love their weekly updates (which is now a very enjoyable part of our weekend routine!).  When we first started watching it was, “Let’s just see what kinds of things you can expect.”  Then it became, “Wow, these people are making money by sailing the world and making videos of doing cool stuff.”  And somehow it became, “They are our new best friends!”  OK, it’s hard to be besties when they don’t know we exist!  Maybe we also lost our social life along the way in our grind.

As we’ve watched several of these families on their sailing adventures, it is clear there are some routines on a boat.  In passages it’s sleep, trade watches, eat, and make sure you don’t run into a cargo ship.  In anchorages, it appears to be, wake up, get a cup of coffee, dive off the back of your boat for a swim, do some boat projects, fix lunch, maybe go scuba diving, maybe go to shore and explore an abandoned village, or hike to the top of a mountain in an archipelago.  You have a routine, but what happens in the routine is not routine. 

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One message we have heard loud and clear is that boat projects are a constant and consistent part of the boat life routine.  But there’s a great deal of appeal to the options we will have to break up that routine.

There is the safe zone, the comfort zone.  Go to college, get married, buy a house, have children, work until retirement, and then enjoy the golden years.  But this new direction is about pushing us out of our comfort zone.  It’s something we really hope that our boys will see, that doing things that are comfortable is OK.  But you can experience life in other ways if you leave your comfort zone in a meaningful way.

It’s an idea actually that we are trying to incorporate into our boat name.  No, we don’t have a boat yet, but it’s going to be important to know the name of the boat for registration purposes pretty quickly.  We’ve been pondering the name Errant.  S/V (Sailing Vessel) Errant.  One definition of errant is ‘straying from the proper course or standards.’  That’s what this adventure would be, straying from the proper course. 

This adventure definitely strays from the path we have been on, the path laid before us since we were young.  And it is anything but comfortable! 

So, what’s the end game for us?  The end game is to do something different, see something different, live a different life.  It’s to see the world and explore and grow as people.  And even though our oldest is headed to college and will not be joining us on the boat, both boys will see there is a different way to live.  Living the 9 to 5 is cool, it works.  But knowing that there are other ways to live is important too. 

By the way, at the time of publication, we’ve signed up for our first scuba and sailing lessons.  Granted, it’s going to be scuba diving in a pool and sailing on a reservoir in the middle of the US with minimal waves, it’s still a start.  It gets us moving forward. 

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