My new year's resolutions:
1. We resolve to go boating
more in 2002 than in 2001. Last year and in years
before, we sacrificed leisure time for work. This
comes from a little voice in the head that keeps
whispering work-before-pleasure, work-before-pleasure.
It's hard to out-shout that voice because, alas,
there's always more work to do. But, good news.
Doctors say a well-balanced life must include
leisure as well as work. Our newly-balanced life
will include more time on the boat. Thanks Doc.
2. We enjoy boating so
much that we want others to have the same feeling.
I’ll ask our friends to join us on the boat more
often. I read somewhere that if you take up an
activity before the age of 15 years, you’re more
likely to continue it as an adult. So, when we
invite our friends to cruise with us, we’ll ask
them to bring their children or grandchildren,
too. In 2002, we resolve to introduce boating
to more young people. We want them to catch the
boating bug, too.
3. We are in awe of Mother
Nature. Where the water meets the sky and earth,
she is a huge, felt presence – beautiful and inspiring:
It's a privilege to see her sunrises and sunsets,
no two the same; her birds of prey on the wing…or
pecking their way across a sand bar. In 2002 I
resolve to learn more about the things I see that
give me such pleasure. When a dolphin chooses
to ride our bow wave, my nieces and I will look
at it carefully and notice its markings and other
personal characteristics. Our goal is to know
that dolphin. We may even give it a name.
Maybe I'll see that beautiful creature again.
If I do, I will thank it personally for bringing
us such pleasure.
4. Where we boat there
are hundreds of small, uninhabited islands and
when we cruise by them we sometimes wonder what
they're like. The birds own most but others have
untouched, inviting beaches and there's a rise
to the ground that suggests to me that people
lived there years ago. Maybe they left behind
a tangible record of their lives -- arrowheads
and pottery. In 2002 Vic and I will launch the
dinghy and more satisfy this curiosity, the thing
that links boaters like you and me to the great
explorers from Ulysses to NASA's astronauts.
5. I love books and own
a stack of award-winning novels, biographies and
historical fiction unseen by my eyes. Birthdays,
holidays and anniversaries come and go. I get
new books; my stack gets taller. Our boat has
a special place where a body can curl up and read
a good book. The stack will go on the boat. In
2002, I will read my books.
We can't wait to go cruising.
.Two thousand and two is going to be a great year.