So I'm 29, single
, taking care of the folks, and I've spent the last seven or eight years in the grind of at least 40 hour work
weeks. I've seen lots of nice companies to work
for end up being full of the political BS. The latest, which I'm leaving shortly, has an annual turnover rate of at least 300%, sometimes as high as 800%. (That means enough people get fired and then others hired that you swap out the entire workforce eight times a year. Imagine working in that environment
for four years.)
Nose to the grind stone. No dreams, just duties and obligations. No life, just work. This week, I'm sitting at work, waiting for a call, surfing the internets.
I'm not sure what happened. One minute I was browsing techie stuff, and then all of the sudden I was looking at sailboats.
What I wanted to do growing up? Live on a sailboat. Always loved the sea.
The last eight years have just been nose to the grindstone, work because I have to make money
Looking back, I realize I can point to maybe three or four weeks that I've actually done things I enjoyed, like relaxing.
So there I was, boom, looking at sailboats. And I remembered the dream. I've spent the past week burying myself in places like this and not getting enough sleep, planning, digging, getting ready to sell my parents on it, since I'd be taking them with me. (It's a very, very long story, full of medical
emergencies, brain damage, bankruptcies, loss of ability to work. They're both physically able.)
I found out selling them on it was EASY. They're very enthusiastic about the idea. That's awesome imho.
So here I am, a crazy fool with a dream, a long way from the ocean.
But we've got lakes. Lakes with ASA
certified sailing schools less than 2 hours from where I live.
Yeah, I can learn to sail here far from the sea. The basics are what I need to start with, right?
So I'm completely insane in Arizona, but I figure if things go right I can pull it all together in a year and be living on a boat
at the end of it. It probably won't be a really great boat
, but if it floats and it can handle the basics, that's good enough for me - it's a start, and I can work while living below my means again.