Monday, September 14, 2015

Looking back on a dream fulfilled

Mirador gracefully at anchor.
As I slowly scroll through a thousand pictures, each one takes me back to a precious moment in time. I relive the memories like the essence of a recent meal on my palette. For two years I island hopped through the the Bahamas, the Turks & Caicos, and the Caribbean with my wife and my two youngest children. The reward of perseverance, and a little help from many friends. I can't say how old the dream was, but I can say that I started working on it in 1997 when I purchased Mirador, our 41' sailboat. She needed everything, and then some. I worked on it for 15 years, and there were many times when my dream grew hazy. There were many times I doubted myself, or the path I had taken. There were times that I blamed my wife for her high standards (I am referring to the boat, not to me). There were many times that I thought that I could never meet her standards, and would just fail trying.  As I look back, I thank her because it made our adventure so much more comfortable. Mirador is equipped to provide all the comforts of home, no matter how far you stray off the beaten path.
Derrick, Hadrian, and Eva approaching Saba Rock.

Eva couldn't be more at home.

Marie on a secluded beach.

Onward to paradise!

As for the kids, I just know that they'll will look back on our adventure, a decade from now, and wish that they had realized just how spectacular it was. Their next "great adventure" will be funded from their own pockets, and they will look back, and say "Wow, how did my parents pull that off?"  I must say we did set the bar high.
The big question is, "Was it worth it?" The answer is, "Yes, yes, a hundred times yes!" I feel so satisfied with what I have been able to accomplish in my life, and this trip has been my crowning jewel. I'm not saying that it would impress a person like Mr. Trump. His kind wouldn't understand me, just as I don't understand them. I'm sorry, does that sound derogatory?
If I could share a bit of advice it would be:  Don't allow your life to become an aimless routine.  Don't allow people that are lost to lead the way for you. Don't allow your dreams to be dismissed with a mere "It's not normal." You don't have to go sailing, but you do need to pursue your own dreams, and live with enthusiasm. If you don't wake up in the morning excited about the day ahead, you may need to take a closer look at your life, and make some adjustments. 
The only limit is you!


  1. Brought back many fine memories of time with my parents in that part of the world. There was sunburn, stickers, sea urchins, and mosquitoes, but there was also: colorful worlds of curious critters, my father's enthusiasm for the things in life that are free (like moonlight, sunrise, and sunset), my mom's hands teaching me to catch my own food, and sooo many things that made me give a shit about the natural world.

  2. Beautifully said. Everyday is a blessing. Thank you for allowing us to come with you on your adventure with your blog. Can't even imagine how awesome being on the open sea on your way to the next port must have been.

  3. I am inspired by you, Marie and your beautiful family. I'm so glad you all were able to live the dream and this is just one chapter of many adventures ahead. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  4. Salutations! I enjoyed this blog as it was recommended by Dr. Derrick Diaz a colleague and " 305" friend. Thank you for sharing this very inspirational and motivating piece. Wisdom should be shared! Looking forward to joining the Mirador crew one day!! God has blessed you...continue to enjoy your journey forward. Allan

  5. Wow...2 years already?? Seems like just yesterday I was wishing off the dock at Dinner Key! What a lovely post you wrote...and I could not agree more! We ALL need to follow our dreams and create lives where we are excited to jump out of bed each morning! Your sailing adventure is ending and mine is just beginning with ! I could not be more excited! And keep writing.... you always inspire me! hugs to the family! :)