Today is the day! I am moving on to the yacht this afternoon.
The last week has been a whirlwind. On Sunday when I sent out my last post, I mentioned that some friends and I were going to hike a waterfall and then hang out at the beach. I was totally wrong about that! My best friends and coworkers had made a deal with my boss to reserve his 50′ catamaran so they could use it to throw a surprise goodbye party for me! I don’t think anybody has ever pulled off a real surprise for me and I was SHOCKED! It was crazy to get onboard and see all of the people who have become my island family in one place! I still can’t believe it!
When I finally got over the shock and took my hiking boots off, Captain Margie asked me where I’d like to go. I quickly responded that we should go jump off a cliff and then head to an uninhabited island to grill up some food, play coconut bocce and relax. She nodded her head and throttled down.
When we pulled into the little cove with the cliff, I suddenly felt terrified! I had jumped off this very same cliff before, but I kept looking at Margie with scared puppy dog eyes trying to get out of it, “Margs, I think the swell might be too big, what do you think?” She laughed at me as my buddy Frankie pushed me off the boat. I was not allowed to chicken out at this point.
The whole swim in to the rocks I was beating myself up wondering why in the world I suggested cliff jumping in the first place! I reached the side of the cliff and couldn’t get a solid footing. The swell threw me against the rocks 5 or 6 times before I could climb up. When we got to the top, I took a deep breath and soaked in the spectacular view. I let two people jump first and then I hesitantly stepped up. Don’t look down. Just do it! I stepped off, and it was done.
The past few days I have been dealing with the consequences of that same impetuous decision making. Swap “let’s jump off a cliff” with “let’s quit your comfortable safe life on St John and sail across the Atlantic Ocean with strangers” and you’ve got scared puppy dog eyes all over again. It all sounds like a great idea at the time but when it comes down to swimming up to the rocks or packing your bags, the reality sets in and you’re maybe a little less brave than you thought!
The truth is I am extremely excited. I know that this will be an adventure of a lifetime and I cannot wait to begin it. It’s all the prepping and planning that has been causing stress but I definitely know that I’ve made the right choice.
In the past two weeks I have been able to check the following items off my “St John Bucket List”:
- Have a bonfire on an uninhabited island
- Go on a Boat trip (for fun!)
- Have a dinner party at my house
- One last Surf Session at Reef Bay
- (Finally) Get Scuba Certified
- Hike Margaret and Caneel Hill a few more times
- Have a farewell party
- Karaoke Night
Check out this video from my last week!
Not Bad! I have actually had so many goodbye parties that I think my friends are ready to kick me out of here! I am going to miss them all so much but I know that this is definitely not goodbye, we will all cross paths again in the future!
That’s all I’ve got for now, I will post again soon! Today should be eventful. I still have to finish packing, sell my car (I have a buyer), mail out some boxes, collect money from somebody’s truck for my bed, deliver some items to friends, vacuum my room and go to St Thomas to jump on the boat! Busy, busy. Wish me luck!