Vick and the kids are heading to New England this weekend to start saying goodbye to all of our East Coast friends and family. I’ll follow a week later and spend a week and a half there before we all return to Convivia to start the 3 week countdown to casting off. At this point I’m suspended in this twilight zone between the elation that this new life brings, and the stress of leaving behind so much that we’ve built (in our communities, in our relationships, and at work) and the stress of what we still must do to get off the dock.
I know that in 35 days, as we are provisioning for our trip south, things will look entirely different. I know too that in 60 days, when we are in Mexico and have settled into the new tempo of a cruising life, that things will look different still. What’s strange is that I have less perception of what those feelings will be than I have for almost anything else I’ve ever done, in spite of the fact that we have been planning to do this thing for 10 years.
I expect the next few weeks will be a bit topsy-turvy (emotionally speaking) for all of us. Right now I’m just trying to keep focused on what’s right in front of me, while still scanning ahead enough to avoid the big potholes. With luck I’ll also start to let go of some of that stress so I can spend more time reveling in this amazing life transition.