In 2005, I was convinced I wanted to sail around the world. I bought a sailboat with my then partner. It was a gorgeous 1978 Pacific Seacraft Mariah, and it was built for cruising the world.
For almost four years we spent countless hours working on the boat to get it ready. I did all sorts of things you could never imagine me doing. I took sailing lessons and diesel engine maintenance classes. I sanded, I painted, I scrubbed, I sewed, and I learned a lot. We sacrificed a ton and worked many long days and nights.
In 2007, I quit my six figure job, and we loaded our two dogs on the boat and pushed off. We sailed around southern California for the summer, returning to San Diego for the winter to outfit the boat for our official start to a round-the-world trip.
In May of 2008, we headed North, and arrived in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We spent the entire summer sailing the San Juan and Gulf Islands of Washington and British Columbia.
Finally, in the winter of 2009, after four years of sacrifice and hard work, I acknowledged what had been burning me up inside and killing my spirit -- THIS wasn't my dream at all.
My dream wasn’t to sail around the world, but to live a life of adventure with a loving partner. And my dream wasn’t coming true. For reasons I won’t get into, it just wasn’t turning out to be at all what I had imagined it would be.
So in 2009, I left the dream and marriage for a new life. I took a major leap of faith, but it was worth it. I've never been happier.
So whose dream are YOU living?