Friday, 10 March 2017

Single handing through life

My first real single handed trip last autumn gave me time to do a lot of thinking. A lot of that was making up a fairy story, but thats another... well, another story.

Single handing was a very positive, and, dare I say it (because of the very real risk of sounding tossy), even a profound experience, which, I realised, provided a lot of useful parallels with life in gereral, especially for someone like me who has never felt entirely at ease in the social world.

Whe I got back, I jotted down a few of those points, and I recently came across that notebook again. This is a very personal take on things, but these are some of the things single-handing means to me, whether it be in boating or in life:
  • Embracing solitude and finding strength in it.
  • Enjoying meeting other people and spending time with them, but not being dependent on them.
  • Taking responsibility for everything I do.
  • Standing up for doing things the way I know, or feel, to be right.
  • Being self-reliant, but...
  • Asking for help when it's really needed, and...
  • Accepting help gracefully even when it's not.
  • Appreciating the moment.
  • Setting my own boundaries and being clear about them.
  • Setting my own pace and not being rushed.
What lessons from boating would you carry over into life in general?


  1. I think you covered it really well Sarah. Thanks for writing this. Jaq xxx

  2. To always expect the unexpected.