I am now shopping for sailboat #3. The quest has overtaken my reason and pretty soon the money sucking diversion will be mine.
Everyone has their thing. For me, floating on the water in a plastic bucket is heaven.
And since I’ve done this a couple times I am aware that there are two different realities about sailboat ownership:
- Dreaming about owning a sailboat
- Owning the sailboat
Both have their pleasures. The dream can be better at times, only because it is free. The dream has none of the frustrations of owning a sailboat which are many. Except of course for not having the boat.
Now owning the boat is a whole different matter. It is expensive, things break and so on.
But once you have calibrated your expectations, the actual experience of being on a sailboat is the greatest thing in the world.
It is grittier than the dream but the lived reality makes the dream seem weak.
And it is the same thing with writing. Many have dreamed of writing – and of writing for money.
The reality is of course different. There are pressures you didn’t imagine and things get wonky.
But the feeling – of bringing ideas to life and having people read your work? And of having them act on what you teach? Well that is like living in a world you could never imagine even existed.
Retired Writer’s Club operates from the idea that the reality is better than the dream.
And being reality it also means you have to be prepared for the bumps. Our secret email list has the material you need to get through the choppy seas when they rise.
Because the floating, glorious sensation of doing something so rewarding as writing – and getting paid for it – is worth the bumps along the way.