14 July 2010 | Papeete, Tahiti
I have noticed a certain habit of mine which I now embrace as not particularly bad. I seem to get all ready for a particularly day's departure and then put it off by one day. In examining why I do this, as there is usually not a compelling reason for the delay, I have come to the conclusion that my psyche (and whatever else is lurking silently) needs one day to be free of frenetic running around/fixing/etc...one day to concentrate on the most important aspect at this juncture....the navigational aspect: where am I going? how am I getting there? what are the dangers along the way? the big weather picture? and a detailed examination of the route including the waypoints(these are intermediary points that one heads to on the way to the final destination). Seems obvious but you would be amazed at how the details of keeping the boat going can keep one away from this important task. (I know very good sailors who often dont get to this until the first day out.) So here once again, one day delay to get my mind in order.