Considering I was supposed to leave yesterday, it’s surprising how much I’m finding still to do. It’s true that work expands to fill the time available, and these few extra days are proving quite useful. Some people have commented that I must feel frustrated at the delay, but if the ocean has taught me anything, it is patience. Things happen in their own good time – especially where weather is concerned.
I’ve quite enjoyed having the extra time to mooch around my boat, rearranging things, tweaking things, refining things. I’ve been out for long walks, appreciating my last few days on dry land, relishing and cherishing the sights and smells and sounds of terra firma. Soon these things will be a long-distant memory as I head out into my waterworld.
I’ve had time to sit in the coffee shop and commune with my journal (Freo coffee shop favourites are Fidel’s and Breaks), and think about what I would like to get out of this forthcoming row. It’s good to have an intention, but to be fairly relaxed as to whether it materialises or not. Or in what form it materialises. Yes, it would be great if I learned new things and had fresh insights. But that is not the kind of thing that you can decide upon in advance. What will be, will be.
I’ve also had time to cruise the internet and catch up on some news. The internet is one of the things that I miss when I’m on the ocean. Out there I don’t have the bandwidth for a browser, so I’m limited to email only. I was very interested to see, during the course of my perusings yesterday, that 350.org and 1Sky have merged. I thought this was an excellent move, for all the reasons that they state. We all need to pull together and combine forces in these challenging times. (I was wearing a 350 t-shirt as I finished the Pacific crossing.)
I mentioned this news to a friend here in Fremantle. Although very eco-wise, he hadn’t heard of 350.org, nor the significance of the 350 number. But I liked his off-the-cuff interpretation. It relied on the fact that the compass has 360 points. And that most of us (maybe 350 out of 360?) are wising up to the fact that we need to treat this Earth better. But 10 out of 360, the ones with power, the heads of corporations and a proportion of politicians, stand in the way.
I would like to believe this. But I’m not sure I can. How many people do really understand what is at stake? How many are doing something about it?
What do you think?
June and I spent this afternoon stickering my boat. Doesn’t she look fabulous?! Sedna’s bow is the province of the eco organizations that I am involved with:
Proud to have them on my prow!
BTW, apologies if the website is looking a little, errr, transitional, at the moment. Nick Jaffe of Arktisma and I are both working on updating the site before I launch, so it is currently a work in progress. Nick has developed and hosted my website free of charge, so I am immensely grateful to him for all his fantastic work, and for saving me a huge amount of money. Let’s hear it for Nick!!!! (And you haven’t even seen what he has created for the sponsor-a-mile project yet – I’ll tell you more tomorrow!)