“What is all of this for?” I ask myself in a pensive moment. I need to reconnect with my purpose, or I fear apathy. Going to the boatyard with Aldebaran is like willingly walking into quicksand. It is physically and mentally exhausting. I must turn into a machine, an endlessly energetic worker-bee, and tap into deep sources of motivation, lest I don’t conclude the job.
Our motto throughout Green Coconut Run has been “harvesting stoke”. Going out there and finding Joy in the form of nature. The boat gets us to impossibly beautiful iterations of Mother Ocean, which recharge our Stoke, and keeps us going. It is a LOT of work, and it is stressful being in tight quarters, so you want lots of positive juice fueling your internal engine.
“The stronger the Why, the easier the How.” I heard this at a motivational workshop. If one has a clear, compelling purpose (the why) then the means and motivation follow (the how). Have you experienced this? Parents say they feel it when they have kids. A powerful driving force comes through them!
During our trip, the motivation was always to improve the boat so she could go further, take us more places. Go harvest more stoke. We were shooting for the horizon, spinning our flywheel on adrenalin, making it happen, to sail into the sunset.
We achieved our goals. Now we are settling into this place. It is time to maintain what we have, and build our foundations. It is the bread and potatoes of depth, compared to the nectar of novelty. The purpose is now to go deeper into something we love.
What does that look like? Sharing the magic with more crewmates. Empowering new captains. Building our inspirations onto land. Making family. Helping more people harvest the stoke. There’s plenty to go around.
4 thoughts on “The Big Picture Why”
I want back on our boat so badly. Like a force of nature, I’ve got the will to get back and rejoin what feels like the roots of family, greater purpose, connection, and something intangible…
“I’ll know it when I see it.” We’ve all heard it.
I’ve “seen it” and felt it on the Aldebaran. And that’s why I’m going back. “When and how” will be trivial when the time is right.
I’ll be adding a few $toke points to the pile soon, maybe we should all chip in a little of our tax refunds (whether we get them or not). If others are reading, let’s all do the same and keep this dream well funded.
That’s a really nice post, Kristian. Time at sea is making you into a poet.
Having done a few haulouts on our boat, I know how nasty and unpleasant it can be – probably one of the worst aspects of owning a boat. I once heard offshore cruising called, “fixing you boat in exotic places”.
The contrast between being in paradise and scraping bottom paint borders on cruel and unusual punishment. For haulouts, I would get my “stoke” by looking at past photos of the boat going back into the water after the haulout, how it looked so pretty and clean, and ready for another year or so of good running. Keeping that pristine image foremost in my mind as I slogged away, roasting in my haz-mat suit helped to keep up the stoke and get me through to the glorious time of the boat gently touching the water again, ready to take me on more adventures in paradise.
I’ll be sending you good stoking vibes! Jim Clark
Existential post, different and very special. The dream- whatever it may be- has its other side. Always.
The Stoics would say only the existence of the “other side” can provide meaning. Whether it’s the meaning death gives life, that the essential haul out gives to the experience of Paradise, one without the other is illusion. Live the dream. And, as wrenching that it may be, it’s not just a matter of choice to embrace the ‘down’ with the ‘up’. It’s the essential.
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