Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I love

I almost didn't finish this post; the sail to Green Bay felt more like work then the rest of the summer has. But then it was over, our last festival, our last sail with trainees; we cast off our mooring lines in the golden light of the evening and I remembered again why I chose to spend my summer here. 

Being outside for most of my day is wonderful. We've been fortunate that there have been more dry days then wet ones and even the wet ones aren't that bad when we're all in the rain together. 

Watching and listening to the water is something I never tire of. It has changed constantly this summer, it's been the turquoise blue of the tropics, the deep navy blue of Superior, stormy grey, wind rippled, flat as glass, reflecting the glorious colours of the sunrise, glimmering in the moonlight. Watching it from the decks or a porthole, listening from my bunk, I love it all. 

I love seeing nothing but water and sky as far as I can see. It doesn't feel isolating, it reminds me that the ship is a community and we take care of each other. We have all we need on board to keep us safe, clean, warm and nourished.

I love night watch. It's a special time with only our watch on deck, taking care of the ship as we watch the stars and the sunrise. Getting up at 4 am. hasn't been the chore I thought it would be. 

I love morning naps. It's a great to know at 8 am you've already put in some good work hours as you go to bed while others begin their day. 

I love the people I'm working with. They have a lot of great qualities; most of all I've really appreciated the respect they have for each other, their patience and how awesome they are at sharing their knowledge. 

I love learning. As adults I don't think we often get the chance to immerse ourselves in a subject where there is so much to learn. It amazes me that every day I am learning new things and I'm trying to soak it up. 

At the end of the day I love the satisfaction of a job well done. 

I love being part of the tradition of tall ship sailing and sharing it with others. It's truly a privilege to be a part of it and I something I remind myself of daily.