We sold our house in Bristol and came on this sailboat journey to discover some things about how we want to live in an uncertain future of unstable climate and dwindling natural resources. Here are some things we’ve found out:
1. Nature is indifferent to our discomfort, our schedules, our plans. We must adapt to it, not the other way around.
2. Knowing how to fix things is really important.
3. Travel makes you realise how priceless it is to walk into a room and be welcomed by friends.
4. On the sea, you rely on yourself and your boat and trust to a luck you can’t rely on.
5. Plants, trees and insects and soil are bloody brilliant and you miss them when you’ve been at sea.
6. The more time you spend on screens the less you have for 3D things. I prefer 3D things. They still exist when there’s no electricity.
7. If you can live in a 6msq space with someone for a year, you have a strong relationship.
8. It’s not hard to cut your own hair, do without new clothes, use less water and electricity, mend and fix your own belongings (well, engines can be hard).
9. It’s hard to feed yourself without relying on industrial food production. Especially when you live on a boat and have no lasting connection to any one place.
10. How to fail, repeatedly, at things you were sure you could do (eg. live in Lexia, get to the Med, put out a short film every month, meet a ton of fascinating people to teach us survival skills) and deal with it, and appreciate ‘what is’ even as ‘what you wanted’ crumbles round your ears.
11. Sailing in fog is a good metaphor for trying to plan for the future. It’s really scary, but you might as well do it and try to enjoy it, because there you are.