Lucky they say… We have been told by many people how lucky and fortunate we are to be living the way we are. Being able to afford to buy a yacht and sail off into the sunset, so to speak. However, as I sit here typing after just packing my bag to go away for work this week, I am reminded how it is we got to be here.
Money is one word for it, but a quote I seen on a facebook meme of all places, sums it up better I think.
“Possessions we own have not been bought by money, more by sacrificing pieces of time from our life”
This is a very true statement for us. We managed to afford to buy a boat instead of a house. We spent our life savings on Nandji instead of putting ourselves hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt. Personally I worked twelve hour days, 13 days on, 1 day off for 6 months. Only to then begin a roster of 4 weeks on, 1 week off. I did this for over 18 months. Mean while, Bonita was taking care of me, feeding me and washing my clothes whilst also working 40 hours a week in a blue collar accounts job. So the path to living the way we are has been well deserved. We decided there has to be a better way of living, this was no way to live life.
It is Bonita’s birthday today and it is only by luck that we can share this day together. I have been away all last week for work and leave again tomorrow. This is a healthy reminder to us of how hard we worked to buy Nandji.
Rather then sacrificing more time to own some bricks, we chose not to be in debt to the man. We chose life and living over bricks and mortar. Everyone has the option to do what they want with the pieces of time they have sacrificed. Some take different paths than others. We chose sailing.
So when people say we are lucky to be living on a boat, it makes us smile. They don’t know what we have done to get to this stage in our life. We smile and accept the compliment because in a way we are lucky. We are lucky to do what we want and go to where we please… Even though I am off filling the bank account again for future voyages, I can smile in knowing what we have achieved so far and the path we are heading down.
With our goals in mind and our passion to reach the life style we want, hopefully soon there will be no more working away. That is the ultimate goal. To do what we love, have fun and keep our selves floating.
Anything is possible if you are passionate and dedicated to the cause.
Love to live, live to froth.