Friday I leave for a sailing excursion with my sister and her family. It is a vacation of mixed blessings because while I am so honored to have been asked to accompany her and her family, mine will not be with me.
But I am so looking forward to time away. To be with the wind, the sun, the ocean, the stars, and my sister.
Sailing is a true adventure. There is always something that can go wrong and often does. You are in the middle of the ocean, have to rely on the weather and those who are accompanying you on your trip, to keep you safe.
But nothing can compare to the freedom that you feel when you look around and see nature, beauty, and nothing but water forever.
We were originally going to take this excursion a few months back and go to the British Virgin Islands, but this whole pandemic took over and we had to cancel. The BVI’s are still not letting tourists in, so they decided to charter in the US Virgin Islands and asked if I still wanted to come.
I am lucky and I know this. I am beyond excited to go and have some adventures. To be able to spend time with my sister and her family and bask in the sun on the deck of a tricked out boat. But I am also truly thankful that I have a family who supports this.
I hope they miss me. I hope they see how much I bring to their lives, just as much as I see how much they bring to mine. Sometimes time away from those you love does a whole lot for your connection to them.
If you ever have the opportunity to hop aboard a boat and sail for a week I highly recommend it. Nothing but blue skies, turqouise waters and see spray await you.
And maybe a few sea turtles and sharks if you’re lucky!