We have embarked upon our third voyage. Convivia and her crew will spend 4 months exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Unlike previous journeys, this one is a return trip. In September we will return top Brisbane, put the kids back in school and resume our “normal” lives.
I was struck, as I often am when we start a sail, how quickly our family fell back into our best selves. Miles, severed from his Minecraft addiction, was dancing and play acting on the foredeck as we motored along. Ruby was happily snuggled up in Vick’s lap doing homework and I found myself joining Miles for an invisible sword fight on the bow.
Every trip has it’s ups and downs, but I realized recently that, at least for me. I am a better person when I’m out here. Released from the schedules that drive our “normal” lives, I am free to focus on things that matter. We find our harmony and don’t have to abandon it for a school bell, or urgent deadline.
Every time I rediscover this feeling I find myself reaching for the utopia that would afford this option to every family. What economic system could we adopt that would promote productive (not in the current sense of the word) natural, ethical, and harmonious lives? What would our goals as a society be? How could we exist in this way while allowing others to live their own (different, more “normal”) lives. It’s a great exercise and it reminds me of my extraordinary privilege. I don’t delude myself into thinking that everyone has the ability to live this kind of life, but l do wonder what would happen to our world if more people who could, did.