Summer may hang on a bit longer in the Chesapeake, but the cold wind is reminding us it’s time to head to warmer climates. I’m a planner and one thing I’ve learned living on a sailboat is, I’m not in charge. Life is stranger than fiction and no matter the contingencies we take to minimize our risks, surprises pop up.
We’re preparing for our trek south and we’re always asked, “Where are you going?” We’ve learned to say, “South”. Does that mean Florida? Does that mean the Bahamas? Does that mean this year we make it to the Caribbean? Don’t know.
I’m struggling right now because the final quarter of the year is coming up and I’m thinking about what I’ve accomplished this year and writing down those all important goals for 2012 with action steps and a detailed plan. But, now I have four years of life on a sailboat to know plans have to change. It’s probably the hardest lesson the crew has had to learn.
So do I start making plans, or do I float through life? My answer is I still plan with knowledge that I can and will plan for all contingencies and be willing to send my life in new directions and re-organize. But at least I’ll have a road map. A starting point.
What about you? As summer turns to fall are you thinking ahead? How far ahead? To the homecoming dances, football and Halloween or are you already thinking to 2012?