Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Simple Life

Living on a boat, at anchor, in a land based society isn't always easy… We make a lot of sacrifices to live the way we do.  It’s difficult to be in a position where we are living day to day lives of seemingly normal people - going to work, to church, to the library, grocery shopping.  But I don’t feel normal.  I don’t feel the need to drive a fancy car or have multiple cars.  I don’t feel the need to spend my free time shopping for the latest fashion trends.  I don’t feel the need to schedule every minute of my children’s day in extracurricular activities.  I don’t feel the need to honk and gesture at people because they are not in a frenzied rush. 

It’s hard to have one foot in the water and the other on land.  I’m finding it very difficult to relate to people here.  Don’t get me wrong, this town is full of very nice people.  But I don’t want to be like them.  I’m happy with my simple life.  I’m quite happy to have my most expensive monthly bill be my AT&T cell phone bill.  I don’t want a mortgage or a car payment.  I don’t want to sit on the couch and watch my 52 inch flat screen TV.  I want to sit on the bow at sunset and watch the pelicans and sea lions dive for their dinner, less than five feet away. Is it a pain in the booty to transport groceries and laundry back and forth via dinghy?  Have I paid a few library fines for water damaged books?  Of course, but I wouldn’t change a thing. 

To some, our life is strange and bazaar.  To us it makes sense.  Live simply.  Travel.  See the world. 






1 comment:

  1. I love your life. All of us in the rat race get to vicariously sit back and take a deep breath of simulated sea air reading your blog (when you update it *smirk*). Adventure, uniqueness, actual family interaction... this life will be shaping who your kids are forever.

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