Okay, so this might fall into the category of “boring touchy feely posts.” If it isn’t your cup of tea (or should I say diet coke?), I get it. Believe me. It’s not usually mine either. But I’m going for it anyway.
I recently pinned a quote that really struck a chord (and hence the need for a “feelings” post)…
Right now, I’m kinda sorta dealing with one of my own imperfections…that of being so terribly new to sailing. If I’m being honest, I really don’t have much of a clue when it comes to all the technical jargon and mechanical workings of our sailboat. Much less how to expertly sail. I don’t feel confident at all. If anything I feel rather incompetent. When I get asked a sailing related question, unless it’s something super basic, I turn to Jereme for help. Lately, I’ve felt like the dumb kid in class (as un-PC as that may sound). And I’m pretty sure I’ve never been “the dumb kid!” (Minus Mr. Merchant’s senior year advanced calculus class where I had a short stent in “loser row” based on my grade in the class. A few of you know what I’m talking about. 😉 )
But seriously, this whole sailing journey has really thrown me for a loop. That feeling of being such a beginner and not knowing everything…well, it totally sucks. I hate it.
Yet, we have this great blog where we are putting out our thoughts and life experiences, mostly sailing related, to the world as we embark on this sailing journey. All with the possibility of being judged, both positively and negatively, for it.
Don’t get me wrong, Jereme and I have always been very honest about our rookie sailing status. And, in reality, Jereme knows WAY more than he lets on and oftentimes way more than some of those so-called “experienced sailors.” Yet, he is always so willing and so eager to learn from others and to soak up every ounce of knowledge he can.
I, on the other hand, have never professed any desire to become a world-class sailor. It’s just not on my bucket list. Never has been. Probably never will be. You will never hear me referred to as “Kimberly Young, expert seaman.” Sounds pretty hilarious just typing those words.
Yes, I do love the water. Yes, I love sailing. Yes, I want to be knowledgeable enough to safely sail through the Bahamas and Caribbean, and hold my own on this sailing journey. But do I need or want to be the foremost sailing expert? Um, no.
What I would love is for folks to follow our story and maybe even find a slice of inspiration because of who we are as people. Real people. With as many strengths as weaknesses (okay fine, hopefully a few more strengths). Because that’s what life is all about. We’re not the world’s best sailors. We don’t have the most equipped boat around. We are living on a shoestring budget. We know we’re not perfect, and we don’t need to be. Just like our blog header says…the good, the bad, and the hilarious.
Let me tell you what’s really on my bucket list. Experiencing life, that’s what.
I want to travel and see new places. I want to live more simply. I want to learn new things.
And I want to document those experiences because that’s what I truly LOVE doing. I’m a storyteller. Documenter. Photographer. And if anyone else wants to follow along for those reasons, well then we sure are happy to have you!
As our adventure unfolds, I realize we will continue to grow leaps and bounds, and I will likely feel a helluva lot more confident in my sailing ability and technical know-how once we are full-time cruisers. But even then, I won’t know everything, and being imperfect is simply A-Okay by me.
>>Thanks for visiting LAHOWIND sailing blog! We’d love for you to get to know us and follow our story as we attempt to navigate a whole new world of sailing and cruise the Bahamas + Caribbean.