To look around this place, you’d think we owned stock in a facial tissue company.
Either that or we hate trees…
We’ve been sick here at Rancho Keith & Nicki. It doesn’t happen very often, less than once a year in my case. I might come down with a mild cold, and it’s one of those obnoxious sneezy/wheezy intervals where I feel stuffed and logy for a couple days, but I keep working – a little slower perhaps – and then it’s gone.
But I don’t get sick.
Ask a wanna-be cruiser who’s actually working on making the break to the boat “why now?”, and you’re almost certain to get “I want to do it while I still have my health” as one of the reasons – especially if they’re approaching that psychological speedbump we call “middle age”.
There’s good reason for that. In our twenties, the only “health issues” my peers had were sports injuries and motorcycle accidents. In our thirties the occasional minivan fender-bender or one-too-many headache.
But somewhere approaching the magic age of 40, things started to get real. The first time you hear about someone your age unexpectedly passing away, it’s a shocker, but it’s at a distance – arms length. By the third or fourth “Hey did you hear about Joe? Geeze, he looked fine yesterday…”, though, you start to feel like there’s a message there that you should be paying attention to.
So maybe the last week for us has been a gentle reminder of what we’re hoping to accomplish in the next few years, and why all the effort to sell up and sail off is worth the heartache.
Yeah, having the flu – twice – sucks.
Having an un-lived life would be a lot worse.
PS – beginning April 1st, and continuing to April 30, I’ll be participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Once post every day (except Sundays) for the whole month, each based on a different letter of the alphabet. Aren’t you curious what I’ll find to write about for “Q” & “Z”?