Originally Posted by shellback
All this is stress in some shape or form, however I'm merely touching upon in my paper, the basics, the core
of why do we as sailors enjoy getting aboard our boats at the end of a long day. Or what can be the physical and emotional benefits of boating
which we enjoy and helps us enjoy life.
Thank you for your comments! We trade
one vice for another don't we.
The difficulty that you are having, with your paper, may be due to a problem your premise.
Your premise seems to assume the same thing that many spectators assume. Most people see pictures of a sailboat gliding serenely across the water
and the occupants have big, carefree smiles on their faces. Although this does occasionally happen during any given sailing experience, the fact is, most aspects of the activity are quite stressful.
I think that the "Thought" of sailing is quite soothing and rewarding because those thoughts are usually about the best parts
I was a live-aboard
sailor for many-many years. If I was at anchor
, the best part of my day was coming home and relaxing in the cockpit
, watching the sky, sea, birds and sunsets. When I went to bed
at night (in a secure anchorage, good weather
and no 2:AM surprises) I enjoyed the gentle movement of the boat
as it responded to the water
In the actual "Sailing" part of sailing, there is the preparation, setting the boat
up for the day. There is reward in getting it right (punishment for getting it wrong). There is the maneuvering in close quarters that is rewarding if one has many years of experience but extremely stressful for those that don't.
Getting out on the water, enjoying the bird and sea-life. Interacting with nature in it's most primitive form, can be soothing and rewarding. If one does everything right in preparation and execution of the activity the reward and stress release can be great. However, (again) that comes with much experience and in the interim even the most basic maneuvers can be extremely stressful for some.
Perception is almost always different from reality. In fact, no 2 people's perception of any given situation is ever 100% the same but to each individual, their
reality. This may be where you are having your difficulty with your concept
of "sailing (the effect) it de-stresses the mind and body of the daily grind of life (the cause)". This is your perception. It is very difficult to relay this concept
and certainly to prove this concept to a majority of readers. IMHO, I believe that the premise may be inherently flawed. That may be why you are having problems with it.
A better premise may be to write about how people "Perceive....'sailing (the effect) it de-stresses the mind and body of the daily grind of life' " but how in reality, it may be just the opposite and how sailing (and other similar activities) may actually accomplish the opposite of what a person may be trying to accomplish, at least for a substantial period of time.