I’ve got it bad.
I want a sailboat.
And yet, here’s all the reasons why I shouldn’t even…
- I’ve always hated wind.
- I’m scared of open heights.
- I’ve never caught my own fish.
- I wouldn’t want to clean my own fish.
- I seem to struggle with vehicle maintenance.
- I don’t have $150k sitting around to buy & refit.
- I live in a desert, several hundred miles from sea.
All of the above suggest I should nip this one in the bud now and get back to reality, ya know? But here’s what I’m finding simultaneously thrilling and terrifying.
- I’m starting to notice the wind (and think of it in terms of power).
- I want to conquer my fear of heights.
- I want to learn to catch (and clean) fish.
- I want to simplify my plans and enjoy Fezzik.
- I can get a used Sunfish for under a grand.
- I can take sailing lessons at the lake.
Can’t help but wonder, is this desire to conquer the fears standing in my way a sign I’m on the right path? “Do what you fear most and you control fear,” after all.
I don’t seem to recall being worried about buying Rocinante (“The Fun Cooker”). And the only worry I had prior to buying Fezzik was that someone else would beat me to it and I’d have to find some other $2500 Montero.
So maybe, if you’re looking at the list of reasons why you shouldn’t—and find yourself inspired to overcome each—you should consider it a pretty legit reason why you SHOULD.
Thanks to Dan for being the voice of reason that said, “Seriously, dude. You should consider learning to sail on a Sunfish.”
(I bet I could take one camping, too.)