This was advice from a long-term cruiser and a friend.
I had to stop and think about this for a bit. I knew, with just five small words, she’d said something remarkable.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
What is the small stuff on board?
- The laundry (in cold water, by hand)
- The blocked loo (marine toilets are renowned for this delightful occurrence)
- The entire boat turning into a workshop
- Running out of gas in the middle of cooking
- Salt saturated cushions that just won’t dry
- A lumpy sea
- Too much wind
- Big waves
So when do you ‘sweat’? Well usually you don’t, usually there’s no time.
Maybe you’d sweat during a storm, which can last for days. But, generally ‘sticky’ moments on board are in bursts:
- fingers of lightning
- winds shifting to create an untenable anchorage
- dragging anchor
- broken rudder . . .
. . . these are moments when you may sweat . . . IF YOU HAVE TIME.
Instead of sweating you’ll be too busy doing what’s necessary.
The great thing is, those moments where you don’t have time to sweat are great training for when it really matters.
Yes, cruising can have its shitty moments, it can be scary, but each challenging moment will build your confidence and faith in your boat and yourself – creating comfort and a more relaxed life that just keeps on improving.
Tomorrow is the next instalment on our CRUISING CLINIC – What’s so great about cruising?
Stop by and let us know what you think.