Hi everyone! While perusing the Internet today, I came across a short story that perfectly makes sense to me. It is on the Race To Alaska site. I thought it was worthy of sharing since it truly does hit home. It is written by a sailor for a sailor….Concepts hold true for anyone…
â€œTo be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at seaâ€¦ â€œcruisingâ€ it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.
â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to sail to the south seas, but I canâ€™t afford it.â€ What these men canâ€™t afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of â€œsecurity.â€ And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine â€“ and before we know it our lives are gone.
What does a man need â€“ really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in â€“ and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. Thatâ€™s all â€“ in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.
The years thunder by, The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.
Where, then, lies the answer? In choice.
Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? â€
– Sterling Hayden, Wanderer
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I have. Find interesting? Kindly share…Thanks!
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