I think often of the day when I can leave the mundane world behind for awhile and sail off for some adventure. That day is two or three years away, still, as I close out the issues of my former married life and square away my decimated finances. I have plans, you see, and a minimum set financial and boat requirements I’m trying to meet before saying “fuck you” to the corporate hell I find myself in. But, sometimes, I start to think that maybe those minimum requirements are far, far too stringent and I should just say “screw it” and take off with what I have and to hell with the rest.
The temptation is even stronger when I find a little gem on the web like Hold Fast. In this hour plus long amateur video, four young adults, with not much to their name, marginally fix up a derelict sailboat and take it on an adventure in the Bahamas. Free spirits, all, I have watched this video a couple times with a sense of longing. They are unprepared, in an ugly, ill equipped boat, just living the life. And I’m envious.
Of course, there is nothing stopping me from following suit except for a big pile of debt and an unfortunate realization that it is better to have some money in the bank, and a reluctance to give up the very reasonable income I am pulling in at the moment. Certainly, as modest as my boat is (and it is quite modest, believe me), it is better equipped, in better condition, and not (quite) as ugly as theirs. I miss that carefree attitude of youth.
My time will come. Not as soon as it could if I could just shake my innate sense of responsibility. But, it will come.
In the meantime check out the video at http://vimeo.com/15351476. If you are like me, you won’t be disappointed.