1331Hrs- A Brighter Day
I went to the barn today for the first time in 10 days, it was quite an exciting bike ride due to ice and slush in the lanes, I had to concentrate to stay upright and the rear wheel span out a couple of times on the climbs! The sun was shining though and it felt good to breath in the cold crisp air.
All was well at the barn although the place was full of windblown dry leaves. Gleda was as I’d left her and I hope I’m forgiven for neglecting her. I’ve not wasted my time whilst I’ve been away and I am beginning to feel that I’ve ridden out the storm and that I’m starting to sail towards the sun again. So what have I done? well …..#1 – I’ve got another job, it’s in my chosen field, it’s a decent package, I get a vehicle and although it’s a national role the head office is fairly local so I don’t have to move me or the boat. I start on 8th December. #2 – I’ve started a long term personal project to bring in some additional income and that will hopefully build to something that can be continued whilst sailing. #3 – I’ve having a major de-clutter at home, ditching the crap, sending anything useable to the charity shop, putting any valuable but redundant stuff on eBay. The combined effect of these actions is renewed energy and optimism for the future. I may well look back at this year and say “you know what? that was the year when things really began to come good!” I still have a ways to go but I’m going to give it my all.
After a major sweep up I set about getting the starboard stern deck supports prepped and glued into position. A fairly straightforward operation that eased me gently back into building mode. I enjoyed the work despite the cold, I think I’ve grown soft after my extended period sat at a computer in the warm!
I still have quite a lot of things to do away from the boat before my new job starts but ideally I want to get the bulk of them finished this week so that I can get a full week of building under my belt before the 8th December. It feels great to be able to plan ahead now that all the short term uncertainties have been removed. Could it be that I am destined to finish this project? Who knows? What I do know is that despite the occasional passing shadow the old self pitying and negative person I used to be has been banished. I can do this! I will do this!