It has been almost three months, three long months since a family plucked from an angry ocean became the catalyst in confirming that not only is the American public lacking knowledge of who we are and why we are, but that they are vocal and vehement in their ignorance. Thankfully for us they are easily distracted and quickly move on to the next distraction to catch their fancy.
It has been almost three months of contemplating why we publicly
share our lives and the lives of our children and to what end. Would
it be better to chose anonymity in the light of ramped ignorance or
continue sharing for the few who do follow? After all we bring little
if any morsels to the table of the cruising world; we do not have
thousands of miles beneath our keel nor do we have years of
experience to share from, our faces do not bear the cracked and
leather look of the those who have; there are so many that do and
deserve an audience, but we are not them.
In the beginning we wrote for those we left; family, friends,
neighbors, but with the passing of time so does interest and we found
we no longer blog solely for those but for new friends that we have
met along the way. With much contemplation came much reflection and
as I strolled through my old posts of our lives afloat I realized
that maybe just maybe I have been blogging this whole time for
myself. I sat in wonder of so much that would have been lost in the
fog of time if not for blogging; good times and bad, how the children
have grown, the progress we have made on the boat and the many, many
friends we met along the way.
Truthfully, we have struggled with continuing to put ourselves out
there or whether we should simply fold up our social media tent and
silently steal away. In the end selfishness won over obscurity and I
will continue to blog, not for those that ignorantly believe safety
lies in the American dream, nor so much for our fellow cruisers
looking for the “how to's”; as there are so many better and more
informative blogs out there, but so that when I am old I can remember
the time spent sailing and living in the wonder of it all.
Thanks to all those that have been following us... you motivate
us even more to keep blogging!