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The Other Side of Fear. Part 2

Now that the sun has arisen on a new day I can write about why it actually is worth going through a day like yesterday and now that I am editing this piece nearly a week later I recall another handful of the same experiences neatly placed to make each day a balance of fear and surrender. I mentioned that Rick is in his element on a boat. Let me tell you why. Firstly there is ample time at anchor to play the guitar. There is actually time for most things he loves. When you live aboard your own boat there is always a list of tasks, little maintenance issues, fixing items or making things better and more dependable or just improving on systems somebody else invented. There is regular faffing around to be done which productively uses free time not taken up by guitar playing. Then there are weather forecasts. Who knew they needed to be checked 5 times a day. And, of course, there is the sailing, which I suppose I should have …

A Meditation on Fear whilst apparently being in Paradise.

We are currently sailing in the Med. After months of planning and anticipating it we are finally on board our rented 45-foot yacht in Sardinia…well actually in Corsica now as we simply hopped across a narrow stretch of water and just like that were in a different country. While many folk have the capacity to drive for a bit, catch a ferry or a train and be somewhere new we come from the sunburnt land. Australia. That country which is larger than all Europe put together. It gives me quite a thrill; a little internal star jump even to sail for an hour or 2 and find everything has changed. Well almost everything. The water is still an impossible shade of aqua that perfectly matches my toenail polish. Who knew inglot nail polish people knew the waters of Sardinia and Corsica were exactly the same shade as colour number 321 (terrible name for something so gorgeous!). The language is different, the bread and the pastries are different and Corsica itself is very different geographically to …