When I look back on my life I can generally identify blocks of time that are akin to chapters of a book. I don’t think anyone has a set number of chapters but it’s probably fair to say that we share some basic ones. For example, high school, university, a job, maybe an entire career, a relationship, marriage, children etc.
I’ve had some great chapters so far. Living on my boat and discovering a passion for being on the sea was definitely one of the best. My move to land and building my place on the island is another. Of course there is an overlap between these chapters and that is my time with Cutty. I reckon she has another 7 or 8 years in her and to date, she has been one of the highlights of my life.
I’m now beginning a new chapter which conveniently coincides with the start of a new year. The real beauty in all of this is that I can, to some degree, be the author of each chapter. Obviously some things are out of my control, but the direction of each chapter depends on how I deal with the opportunities that I’m presented with. Do I embrace it or resist it?
I’m choosing to embrace it and see where it takes me.
And so a new chapter begins. I’m casting off the security of the dock lines to sail into uncharted waters. Metaphorically speaking of course.