I was watching a little known independent movie the other night (very late) when I was having trouble sleeping. There was a father and son fishing somewhere down near the gulf and they were having a good time relaxing, but not really catching much. The father was quite content, taking a break from the worries and stresses of life when he finally said to his son, 'Every day you spend fishing adds a day to your life'. No kidding, I agreed. Well, I think the same could be said about classic boating...or perhaps boating in general.
I don't know about you, but every time I'm boating it feels like I'm turning the clock backwards, gaining time rather than using it. My stress is less...little if any thought is given to deadlines, bills, politics, or any of the other worries that normally invade my day and adds wrinkles to my face. And nearly always, I'm smiling...as are my passengers.
How about you? Do you make enough time to boat...or for that matter do the things that make you happy and give you a even a brief respite from the stresses of everyday life? If not, why not move those activities up on the priority ladder. My dad always told me some day when I'm on my death bed the things I'll remember most are those that brought me enjoyment, not paying bills or one of the many other tasks that demands so much of our time.
Even though he's gone now, darn it...he's right again. I'm gonna take that day off next week like I've been promising myself and run some gas through the Coronado with Jan. That's what I want to remember...spending more time in boats with family and friends. Happy Boating,