The Next Challenge
- BUILD THE BOAT
- GET SAILING
- MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE
That’s all folks, simple as that, no need to say more is there?………. Oh, OK then, I forgot you like the juicy details.
Last night was my 500th night sleeping aboard and our 36th night at anchor here in Alvor. As I’ve said already, it’s a nice place to be and I’ve no regrets at all about deciding to stay here.
I can’t relax completely though, I lie on deck in the sun, watching the world go by, enjoying the moment, but all the while those little electrons are popping and crackling inside that tiny bit of grey matter of mine that passes for a brain, and before long I’m scribbling away trying to put some flesh on the bones of some random though or idea.
Most of the time I’ll fail, get frustrated, jump overboard and swim for a while, but later in the day my head will be buzzing again, usually when I’m trying to get to sleep.
I’m not complaining, far from it. It’s a long long time since I’ve had the time and space to think like this and I know that for most folks life is just too damn busy to leave room for such luxuries.
As with everything though there are pluses and minuses. On the plus side I’m able to find a release for my creative urges by writing and taking photos (I’ve uploaded a few of my favourites to 500px).
I’ve created Normality Fighter as a platform for my desire to help others live a more exciting and rewarding life and I’m really looking forward to making it into something of real value to people.
But……… There’s an elephant in the room, or more accurately for me, in the boat!
“How the hell do I sustain this lifestyle?”
It’s a question I guess some of you might be asking as well.
My long-term followers will know that I’ve never held back the truth when blogging about this project, and I’m not about to start now.
The past 18 months of living aboard, finishing the boat, sailing South to Portugal, has been financed from two sources;
1) A cash draw-down from my pension pot
2) Gail’ redundancy money.
And the money is running out.
Without generating some income we’ll be broke by the Spring.
So there it is, the next challenge looms like dark jagged cliffs on a dark stormy night as the cold howling wind drives the ‘Gleda Project’ ever closer to its doom………….. OK maybe a bit over the top but you catch my drift.
As of today I have no idea what the solution is but here’s the thing. My journey to get this far has taught me many things, the greatest of which is that I’m capable of far more than I’d believed of myself.
Not so many years ago I’d have been sinking into a pit of depression, paralysed by the fear of what was to come, blaming life for kicking me in the nuts again, blaming myself for letting it happen.
Now it’s different, I’ve changed. I see things differently.
Life is simple, it’s just made up of choices, I chose to take money out of my pension, I chose to spend it in the way have have and now the time has come I’ve chosen to find a solution, and I will.
Keep following, there’s a lot more to this story yet.
As a first small step towards solving this problem I’ve added a Paypal donate button to the Home page. I’ve always been reluctant to do it but now seems the right time. The costs of hosting, domain renewal and wifi access are no longer insignificant and if I’m providing some entertainment and value to you then perhaps you might consider a small donation.
You can use the button below if you want to do it now 🙂