For me, personally, I find it difficult to put into words how this experience has affected me. We had such a rough start to our journey that we came very close to just turning around and calling it quits. But we didn’t. And I think that’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt. You don’t quit. You don’t give up. You keep going. And the experience makes you stronger. No matter how hard that lesson is, you learn from it. I think I’m a more confident person now, and I’ve seen my children grow and become more confident in so many aspects of their lives. I feel pride when I watch them introduce themselves to yet another new person, with a strong handshake, direct eye contact, and clear, loud voice: “Hi, I’m Gaby”, and, “Hello, I’m Ben”. I feel joy when Gaby says she loves sailing, and I am amazed when I watch Ben maneuver the big boat, and zip around in the dinghy as if it’s all second nature to him! I feel confidence in my own ability to handle the boat, (and of course, continued amazement in how Dave manages to sail and maneuver this boat!), and I feel astonishment and pride when I look at a world map, and realize that we’ve sailed half way around the world on our little floating home. The same one that sat in front of our house, at our dock in Madeira Beach, Florida, and is now cruising in Australia, having delivered us safely back to Bundaberg today. But most of all, I feel love for Dave, for getting us here, for making his dream our dream, and being the driving force behind making it all happen. Without him, we couldn't and wouldn't be on this journey. "Dodgy Dave", we love you...here's to the next year and all the adventures that lie ahead!.
|The crew on Cool Runnings a year ago. This was taken the day before we left. We were exhausted from all the preparations, and a little apprehensive about leaving. But we did. And I'm so glad we did...!|