Apparently, lessons in sailing can relate right back to life lessons.
I’ve taken the sunfish out two more times since that first experience. The second time I went out in the sunfish I googled how to rig it. I never found a simple video, but I did find this My2Fish blog page that had some links to PDF’s that helped.
So I rigged the sailboat up (if not properly, then at least functionally) and cruised out. The weather was warm and sunny with a brisk breeze blowing out of the west. I didn’t sail with much of a purpose other than to get familiar with the boat. I just went back and forth on some long reaches (90 degrees to the wind).
At one point I was zipping along and leaned way back, skimming my hand along in the water. I reveled in how good the water felt, how warm and inviting it was. I thought how great it would be to go swimming. Within 5 minutes of that thought I capsized the boat and went for a forced swim.
I would never have done it on purpose at this early stage of my sailing career. The last time I capsized in a small sailboat was about 10 years ago at my son’s boy scout camp. Theoretically I knew I had nothing to worry about, but still – I was alone out in the middle of the bay, about 98% sure I could right it, but still there was that lingering 2% of doubt. Wow, doubt is such a killer! Doesn’t take much and it can really spoil your attitude.
So instead of enjoying the dip in the water that I obviously wanted bad enough to subconciously dump the boat, I rushed around and went through the process of righting the boat. It sure gave me a shot of adrenaline (not quite fear – let’s call it a bit of anxiety) In all, I was probably in the water about 30 seconds – maybe.
So, I guess another milestone has been conquered. Again, not really a major victory – but still a victory.
Lately, I’ve noticed several instances where I thought or voiced a situation I didn’t want and very shortly was in that situation. For instance I just took a plane trip. I was talking about the trip to Mrs. CapnRehab, and mentioned I wanted to make sure I didn’t get stuck in a seat with a person that filled their seat and took part of mine. Guess what. Within a few hours I endured a 2 1/2 hour plane flight with a guy that occupied a third of my seat.
I believe we do have the power to create our lives by what we focus our mental energy on. If I could get better at staying focused on what I want I think I would be a lot happier.
Starting small, here is are two things I want. A kite board and a waterproof GoPro camera.
Instructions for building the board are at www.WaterLust.org That just may be on CapnRehab’s blog in the future! Maybe I should go ahead and build the board with the expectation of getting the kite rig? Sort of like Kevin Costner in field of dreams. What do you think?
Maybe I should finish the sunfish rehab first.