Many people harbor a rosy image of sailing on a tall ship. They imagine it would be nice to spend time on the deck in a nice weather and be free from distractions of the modern world. It’s appealing. Yet, this myth quickly dispels the moment you board the ship. It turns out, it’s hard work but undeniably rewarding.
I had virtually no experience of sailing when I embarked Fryderyk Chopin. But now, I feel accomplishment. We sailed 269 nautical miles. Not bad for my first time. The voyage took seven days, and besides Mallorca, we also stopped briefly on Ibiza. There were almost too many new experiences and much to incorporate: fear, pleasure, excitement, and joy. It all became a nostalgic memory.
When I came back from my lonely around the world journey back than in 2011, I knew I would be able to face the rest of the world with confidence. This is not something to learn at schools, and my sailing adventure is just another experience that helps me build an exciting life.
As someone said…
‘Life is too short, too precious, not to live your dreams, and you are never too old to live them, either. Better to die with your memories than your dreams.’