We will arrive home in the spring of 2020. 18 months later. I will be 61 and changing careers from event planning (been doing that for 25 years, loved it, but time for something different) and getting into retirement mode with a sailing venture of sorts. Maybe charter on the Bay, teach sailing lessons, something to do with boats. We shall see! It's going to be a grand adventure and it will be everything I have been dreaming about for so many years. I have been blessed in so many ways and this will be the culmination of all my time spent on the water. From growing up on the Chesapeake, to moving West on a swimming scholarship, to my glory days of surfing the West Coast, mastering windsurfing on the Bay and ocean and finally getting into sailing in a big way on keel boats. For me, sailing brings together everything I love in my life. Friends, music, nature, the ocean, great food, wine, wild animals, sea creatures, and a floating home.
14 years ago, I started focusing on keeping in shape. I started running, biking and swimming. Most days I make time for two workouts. Usually a morning 10 mile bike ride in the hills overlooking the bay. And then in the late afternoon, a run in those same hills with Kona, my trusty golden retriever. I try to throw in some swimming 2-3 times a week. It has certainly paid off and I will continue this routine until we depart.
If you have read this far, I would like you to consider your own dreams. What would you like to do that will stretch you as a person, inspire others, and make your life complete? What is your dream?!? Take your time and think about this. This is not a bucket list thing, this is bigger. This is something you look forward to for many years and work towards a good part of your life. I have asked several friends what their dream is and very few have any idea or have never thought about it. I think they should start thinking about it and so should you! Dream big and aim high! Bon voyage!