The dream

When I was growing up I hated school! I know that doesn't make me unusual. I always thought it was rubbish when I was told 'These are best days of your life'. For me, I carried on hating it, did the bare minimum and wished the weeks away until my Mum, Dad, sister, dog and I would get in the car and go to my Mum and Dad's boat for the weekend. All my friends at school would be spending weekends playing football. That's the only thing I know about that sport. Just it's name. The rest of it remains as much as of a mystery to me now as it did back then. I never felt like I was missing out, far from it. My childhood was a Swallows and Amazons affair and I never tired of it or being on, in or around boats. It is bizarre to me that I didn't follow my love of boats and pursue some kind of career in the industry. I don't really know why I didn't think about that but I have no regrets about the path I followed because it allowed me to do what I am doing now. I am not rich and I really should be at work but when I was 8 years old two very good friends of my Mum and Dad quit work and sailed off to the Med for a couple of years. They returned some ten years later having sailed around the world. While they were away, in answer to anyone's questions of what I wanted to do with my life my answer was 'I want to sail around the world'. That was and remains my dream. In fact when I quit my job to sail around the UK, an 8 month adventure that I embarked on and completed in 2017, a friend said to me. 'I knew you would do that'. When I asked how she knew that she told me that when I first met her in 1995 I told her I wanted to sail around the world. I wasn't aware that I was openly telling people this but time has proved that I am indeed a broken record and I have always said that! Ok, so sailing around the UK isn't exactly the world but but the world is a big place so it's one step at a time! So there you go, that's THE DREAM. And as for school, I was right. It wasn't the best time of my life! Oh, and as for the 'I should really be at work' bit, yes life tells you, me and everyone that we should all be at work but, for now at least, I have decided that adventure needs to come before dementia and maybe by doing this I will find my true career....

The family boat where it all began

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