I quit my job! Calm down everyone, I am just throwing out the bathwater, not the baby.
After being onboard the Sailing Yacht for the past five months, I have decided it’s time for a change. I have worked my way to the top rank below the captain and I have learned A LOT. I am grateful for my time here, but part of being true to yourself is knowing when it’s time to move on.
Last week I spontaneously flew to Crete to visit with my mom and stepdad’s family who were vacationing there. We had an amazing time catching up while enjoying the sights of such a beautiful island. Mom (who has just recovered from knee surgery) even hiked with me all the way to the top of Gramvousa Island.
On my way back to the boat after the five day visit I realized that for the first time in my life I was flying somewhere that I had no desire to be. The idea of returning to the boat to literally sit on my butt for another three months sounded like absolute torture.
I couldn’t take it anymore, so I had a chat with my Captain who understood where I was coming from but was very disappointed to see me go. He has indicated that he’d like to keep in touch and has offered me a spot onboard if I ever wish to come back.
A few months ago I did an interview with my friend Kevin for his blog People Passionate. He was interviewing people who don’t work traditional nine-to-fives and find time for creative pursuits. In that interview I told him that I only intended to stay with this boat for as long as I was learning, growing and gaining experience. Unfortunately, that point has come and gone. We have been in Valencia for two months now and the boat will remain here for another two or three months.
“A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd
Since arriving, we have completed most of the projects. Our only assignment at the moment is to sit on the boat and do watches. We aren’t allowed to leave, but since we do not have any projects we just sit and sit and sit. The only reason I have stayed this long is because of the security of the money, and this (as a 24-year-old, who is single, has no kids, and has enough savings) is NOT a reason for me to stay.
If my life serves no other purpose, let it serve as an example of never settling for the path of least resistance but continually striving for the path of greatest personal growth.
For the time being, I plan to head back to Long Island and spend some quality time with my favorite family in the world. I haven’t even SEEN my dad in a year, and last year I was only home for three days – it’s definitely time for a reunion! My mom will be in Orient until October, and I will also be able to see Rich and Lauren and hopefully MANY of you who have been so faithfully following my adventures. This is not the end of the adventures, just another chapter. Luckily I have an excellent resume and plenty of future opportunities. In this industry it is typical for people to take time off – not many people can live in the confines of a small boat without needing a break every now and then.
I hope to see many of you soon and I will be planning STJ and LA visits ASAP!