Something I love about living on a boat again is that I feel so much closer to nature. Wind and waves matter. Sunrise and sunset matters. The moon phase and tides and rain. They all matter.

I didn’t realize until I moved back how immune I’d become to the environment. The weather forecast simply determined what clothes I wore, not my schedule. We power through life according to our own plan, regardless of the weather’s cooperation.

Only for the occasional earthquake or tsunami or hurricane or tornado do we wake up to realize that life as we know it could be gone tomorrow.

Last week I sat with my eyes glued to the screen watching live video feeds of massive tornadoes (like this one) ripping through the Southeast. The sun rose the next day on tremendous destruction and devastation.

Seeing such wrath, I couldn’t help but think about how we aren’t here because we humans are so smart and have opposable thumbs and fancy degrees and good medicine and brick houses.

We’re here on this Earth because we’re allowed to be. There’s no promise of tomorrow.

And I’m not really sure what I’m trying to say, but maybe it’s time to develop a closer relationship with the world we live in. Not the world according to CNN or Fox News or TMZ. The world as it was created billions of years ago.

Take some time to stop viewing the world through everyone else’s eyes and spend some time experiencing it for yourself.

It’s a pretty amazing place.


Bo is currently living in Orange Beach, Alabama trying to come up with ways to fund a sailing trip around the world. If you’d like to be a part of the adventure, consider sponsoring a mile.