10. He Who Dares….

We’ve had friends visiting this week, like us they’ve sold their boat and are now living life ashore, in a home on wheels.

Inevitable we got talking about our old lives afloat, the good times and the bad. We all agreed; we’d done things many will never do, seen things many will never see and our experiences have left us richer than most. 

If you take a small boat to sea you have to be prepared for anything. You’re a visitor in an alien environment. You have to take responsibility, make good decisions, minimise the risks.

But with risk comes reward, you risk Hell for a little taste of Heaven.

The best times of my life have been at sea; so have the worst. Most wouldn’t have taken the risks I’ve taken. Many would have taken far greater ones. We all have to make our own decisions.

But we all know the truth; no pain, no gain, no rainbow without rain. 

There’s a classic Blues track by Albert King, it’s called ‘Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die’.

It’s true. We all want happiness, but we really want to stay alive to enjoy it.

But, as Neil Gaiman said in his ‘Graveyard’ book:

“If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” 

To live you simply have to be in the game; You play, you win, you play, you lose. But you must play.

Don't allow yourself to become one who, nearing death, regrets what you might have done if only you had taken a few risks.