After my last post, I’ve been flooded with the usual questions.  “What are your plans?” “Where are you going to live?” “How are you going to make money?” “Did you hit the lottery?” “You’re going to live on a boat?!?” “How on Earth can you do that?”

And of course…”Why?”

I’ll begin by telling you how I got here.  The short version.  As a junior in college, I took a semester off and moved down to Orange Beach, Alabama to live on a 25′ sailboat.  After living on it for a while, I spent 2 months sailing down to Key West before ending back up in Orange Beach in August.

As I returned back to my life at school, I made myself a promise–if I turned 28 and wasn’t any closer to having a wife & kids, I was going to try to sail around the world.

Last year, after writing down the other items on my bucket list, it hit me that my current life trajectory wasn’t getting me any closer to accomplishing most of my goals & dreams.  

So, almost a year ago, as my 27th birthday appeared the horizon, I announced to a few close friends that the time was coming for me to quit my job and do something else.

From my journal:

“What if I fail?  What if I quit my job and never make another dime?  Why if nobody ‘gets’ what I’m doing?  What if nobody supports my decision?  What if none of my dreams become reality?

But.  What if I don’t quit my job?  What if I let this opportunity pass.  What if I just sit back lazily & let my dreams die?  What if I don’t try?

That.  Not trying.  That is my biggest fear of all.

So, as it stands right now, it looks like I’ll be moving back down to Orange Beach in January.  After that, I’ll just take it one day at a time to figure out the next step.

Do I plan on sailing around the world?  That’s still the dream, but there will have to be a few more Cordle Family meetings before I’m in a position to commit to something like that. And of course there’s the whole money thing, because no, I haven’t hit the lottery.

As a matter of fact, I’ll be lucky to have $6,000 in savings come January.  I’m not exactly sure how I’ll make my next dollar, but I have faith something will work out.

As far as living on a boat again, some great friends of mine have offered to let me stay on their gorgeous 40′ sailboat, and I couldn’t be more excited.

As far as “why?”. I just finally ran out of answers to “Why not?”.

So today, on Thanksgiving, I’m not worried about what life is going to look like 3, 6 or even 12 months from now.  None of us could know that anyway.  I’m just grateful for new opportunities, a supportive family and amazing friends.

What are you most thankful for this year?