This is as much of a human journey as a sailing expedition. You can spend hours looking out to sea in solitude deep in your thoughts but much better to bond as a team. I’ve definitely had my highs and lows on this trip: What am I doing here? How and why did I sign up for this? But if you purely focus on the lows, you’ll never get all that you can out of this experience.
My birthday on Nov 1st began as a low point. Thinking back to all the birthdays I’ve had surrounded by friends and family but now sharing it on a boat in the middle of an ocean with people I barely know. I didn’t see the point in mentioning it as it would feel like a ‘this is all about me’ moment. But then the surprise birthday cake came out on a sunny deck together with a song...my mood lifted almost immediately, along with the realization that we are all in this together, and even if we all have our reasons for being on this journey we’re still sharing it on the good ship Our Isles and Oceans as we cross the South Atlantic.