Going to the South Pacific and living on a boat for 3 months is without a doubt life changing. However for me it wasn’t just about the destination and the places we visited. It was about spending time with the children and my parents. It was about collecting memories with the people I love, in the most beautiful place. The journey was not just physical but also within me.
We sailed to different islands and met so many good people, all contributing to our experiences. I cherished the opportunity to spend so much time with the kids, we learnt so much more about each other compared to the usual eb and flow of day to day living. Work, school, clubs, cooking, Mummy’s conservation stuff, housework and the rest. I think we spend so much time being focused on our daily tasks and getting to the end of the day that it is all too easy to miss out on the journey.
This can be just like sailing, when we go from place to place we assume the purpose of a voyage is the port we are heading for. Whether your end point is a lovely anchorage with swaying palm trees and sheltered turquoise ocean or a warm cosy sofa after a hard day’s work. Sometimes we just need to step back and appreciate what is in front of us. While sailing there is almost always time to enjoy the journey, unlike the usual hustle and bustle of a working day were time is a precious commodity, when at sea even with a breeze gently filling your sails it takes a while to get to where you are going. Time to talk to each other, time to read, time to sleep, time to think about almost everything, or just switch off and stare up at the stars while keeping watch for the odd thunder cloud or another boat.
I find living on the sea is when I am most at peace and having my family there to share experiences and have time to really be together made this trip priceless. To get the time off I had to make a massive and difficult choice to walk away from the familiar and venture into a brand new life when we returned.
Since arriving in Cawsand it seems I have been non stop but I have been able to find the time to appreciate the smaller things, a sleepy morning cuddle while watching the sun rise or cooking a meal together. Dancing around the living room in our pj’s or just falling asleep on the sofa in front of a film.
I am so grateful for those moments, although back in the real world with all the demands of a busy life I cannot stress how important it is to step back and take time out to look at and absorb the good things around us. Don’t just journey through your day, week, month without remembering to take a few deep breaths, really think about what is important to you and make a little time for whatever that might be. If I have learned one really important thing from our sailing adventure it is to be present, don’t rush through life, always make sure there is time to make wonderful memories, no matter how small and be grateful for it.