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Monday, February 28, 2011

2/28/2011 - No place I'd rather be

For pretty much as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to be somewhere else or doing something else or, more often, both. In high school I wanted to be out of school and, even more strongly, wanted to get out of San Jose (CA). Once I was in the Navy, I wanted out. When we were overseas, I wanted to be back in the States. When we were Stateside, I wanted to be back overseas. When Lulu and I lived in Eugene, we wanted to live someplace "more real" (meaning fewer college students). After we got married and moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming, we wanted to move back to somewhere green (but, c'mon, who could blame us for that one?). When we lived in Idaho and I was a treatment plant operator, we wanted to get west of the Cascade Mountains and I wanted to run my own treatment plant. Once we moved to Silverton (OR) and I'd been a plant supervisor for a little over a decade and a half, I just wanted to go back to being a hands-on operator. And, in the background was always the dream of someday sailing off into the sunset which kept me constantly dissatisfied with my lot, no matter how good I had it.

Today we were talking to a dockmate who can't wait to get out of La Paz. Feels she's been here too long. Other cruisers also seem to be anxious to get to the mainland, up into the islands, anywhere but where they are.

But, I realized today that, for probably the first time ever, there is absolutely no place I'd rather be and nothing else I'd rather be doing and no one else I'd rather be doing it with. That's not to say that I'm not looking forward to sailing up into the Sea for the spring and summer to explore a completely different level of cruising. I am looking forward to that. We both are. But, I don't feel any huge urge to have to GET GOING NOW!!! I'm happy as a clam right where I am, doing what I'm doing. And it feels really, really good.

Check out this cool palm frond horse that sits out in front of the Hotel Yeneka, this funky little museum/hotel in downtown La Paz:

Life is good. And Carnaval starts on Thursday.


Anonymous said...

Good for you honey. And to make it even more special is your helpmate is willing too. Love, Mom

SV Jeorgia said...

"No matter where you are, you are where you're at."
Well put Steve.


Shelly and Randy said...

What a healthy outlook and realization. I have a hard time believing that you wouldn't rather be at the treatment plant in Idaho, but maybe not. Wish we were there with you.

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Love the horse! Yes, I can't imagine why you'd rather be anywhere else! Sounds like a beautiful place.

Rowan said...

Wow, you found that mythical place where the grass is greener on your own side of the fence:) I hope to find that place myself someday. Thanks for the thoughtful and well written post. BTW I love the horse sculpture, for some reason it reminds me of the horse in the children's poem "Antonio".

Crazy Coyote said...

Oh yea you have found the right place to be. BOD used to mean "Bio Oxygen Demand" but now it is "Bikini Observation Demand".

Keep having fun and in about three days start looking for Jay and Judy to come over the horizon.

SV Estrellita 5.10b said...

That rocks.

steve said...

What great thoughts! While I'm sure that the place has a lot to do with it, I think that your contentment has to do with something more than just being in a great place.
I'm working on it - hope to be there soon.