I have only owned one house, and when I purchased it, I felt like I was at the casino - placing bets and hoping for the best.
If I live to be 200 years old, I am sure that my house will go up in price
and I will turn a nice profit!
Yachts are also like a trip to the casino in that I know I am going to lose money
on it. The only question is how much.
On the positive side, if you give up your accountant mentality and live your dreams, lots of good things happen. How do I put a price on a circumnavigation
that took eleven years with my family
on board? What was that worth? A million dollars? A billion? What is it worth to see a thousand sunsets and sunrises while anchored in paradise? How do I put a price on living my dreams while I am still healthy and can enjoy them?
The accountant mentality is a curse and a dream stealer. It only looks at one side of the equation of life.
I have over 400 CDs of photographs from our circumnavigation
. I watched my kids
grow up on our yacht. I have a DVD
of our adventures sailing up pirate alley and the Red Sea. I have enough footage for two more DVDs. I talk to my grown children
every day about our adventures around the world. Where does that fit in the equation of life? What's that worth?
I will lose money
when I sell my house, but what I gain will be far more. Although I won't be earning any more Freedom Chips, I will once again be living my dreams.
Every day at the hospital, I see dozens of patients stuggling to just have a good day. If I gave them a 40 foot yacht, the best they could do is put a rocking chair in the cockpit
and watch the world go by.
I'll take my losses and lumps on my house with a joyful heart as long as I am healthy and get to live my dreams.
Good luck on selling your house. May all your losses be small ones as you live long and prosper on your yacht.