|Our good friends, Lara and Brian of s/v Illusion|
Right now, as I write, we are in the company of two other boats with cruisers around our age - and when we get to the Exumas, we have arranged to meet up with two more boats of young'ns. Perhaps it's because we all some how attract each other? Perhaps because we are all very "like minded" we are drawn to the same anchorages? Perhaps it's dumb luck? Perhaps it's woven into all of our destinies? Whatever the case - it is a lot of fun to be cruising with some folks our age. Not to say we don't enjoy the older cruising folk either - because we do! Many have become dear friends and mentors - but there is something nice about being surrounded by your peers.
I think our generation is a very unique one. (Some of us) have learned that life is not about stockpiling away riches for the future, working one job in misery for twenty years only to look back and wish you had done something more...We want to live simple, healthy lives; see the world; and connect in a way that only our generation has been able to do. Sure, we might be spoiled (comparatively). Sure, we might like instant gratification. Sure, we might not have any substancial retirement funding...but either will a lot of good people who did things "right" thanks to some greedy folks on Wall Street.
Life is too short. Although I am only 31 I know this. I can feel it everyday. From what I hear, it just keeps getting faster and faster. I just re-read Steven Callahan's book "Adrift" about his miraculous 76-day survival at sea and I think he says it best when he says, "...we cannot control our destinies, but we can help to shape them; we must try to make life hop a bit, but we must also accept that we can only do the best that we can." Seems like there are a lot of people out there, young and old, shaking a leg, and making life "hop" to the best of their ability.
PS. Happy Valentines Day!