Mrs. Mycroft, ma'am,
Ask yourself what the last chores are that you dread doing before you leave are. For me, when it was time for us to leave, i had failed to anticipate that I had grieving to do before i left the house in which i had raised my kids
, and taking items we had struggled for to the Goodwill, a few really good things, but there was no room for them on the boat. Once you see that whatever is in the way is usually an attachment of some sort, somehow that makes it easier to leave behind.
With book learning
and classes, certainly, as Jim said, you are way better prepared than we were, in some ways. We did shake down our boat, going south from SF to Mexico
, with stops along the way. We had racing
and cruising experience, and Jim's history
with working on cars stood us in good stead for work
that needed doing on our diesel
, but more with problem solving mind set. If that's in place for both of you, that sense if something comes up, you'll find a way to cope, that's really useful. Read what zeehag writes, looking for what she's doing with very little funds and a can-do attitude.
It is wanting cruising enough, or wanting enough to be with your man, to say your good-byes, and open to new friendships and ways of doing all the life support things you do anyway.
On the outside, you're ready now. The inside may have to be drug, kicking and screaming along till you realize you're having a good time, and last years' memories are all good, one way and another. Remember how it looked before you dove off the high dive the first time? It's sorta like that: you want to do it, you know you're going to
do it, that you'll be pleased with yourself for having done it... and how long you postpone it is really your decision.