This introduces maybe the most important reason we moved onto a boat.
I read that as giving yourself enough time to figure out who you are, fix anything that is holding you back, and therefore expand your happiness and creativity.
For us that means Creative Focus, having the time to explore your creativity. Sarah and I take this to heart, her as a painter and I as a writer.
Our basic needs are met, we are warm and well fed. We are safe and secure with a community of boaters to keep us busy (if we choose), and lifelong friends we care very much for. Getting to this point, and keeping a hold of it, has provided a tremendous sense of accomplishment and empowers us to go further. We now can focus on love and art and life like we never thought possible because we have the time do do so.
Is a boat necessary in this processes? No. Moving onto a boat provided us a path to get to where we are today, but I can imagine many other ways it could happen. To be honest, moving into such a small space that floats on the water might be the most drastic and disruptive path, but it may also be the easiest to stay on.
We are at home now, Sarah and I, in love with each other and our choice to live this life. The boat softly moves, making the safe sounds we’ve come to know over the years. There are art supplies on one couch and a laptop charging on the other. Later tonight we’ll take a cocktail or two outside to watch the sunset on this cold and clear December day. We have time now, and this is all we could have dreamed for.