Launching and Relaunching

IMG_3212I’ve been away from all of my blogs for quite a while, and it is way past time to get back to them. I’ve missed them. A couple of days ago, I relaunched my Second Wind blog. Today, it is Second Thoughts’ turn.

What took me so long? So many things. But it boils down to “waiting for things to be perfect”. And how wrong that belief was. I realized that when we launched our boat Second Wind for the season on June 6th this year.

There were so many delays with this year’s launch. The season itself was delayed – lots of rain, historically high lake levels, many marinas closed or damaged. Fortunately, most of our marina is operational since we have floating docks. Other delays happened as well. We decided to change the type of paint we use on the bottom of the boat so that took extra time and effort – especially since we had to work around all that rain. (It’s hard to paint in the rain!) David had a lot of days where he was working and I had several days where my health wasn’t up to snuff. We squeezed things into the schedule as best we could and got done what we could get done when we could.

Finally, we got to the point where we were ready to put her back in the water. The rest of the work, such as stowing and cleaning, could be done in our slip. We finally had an agreed-upon time with the marina. And that day dawned rainy and stormy. Not just a drizzle, but a downpour. Not just a breeze, but high winds. It was crazy.

We decided to launch anyway because friends were there to help us and we had the time booked, and the time off work. So we dropped her in. Well, actually, we had the marina folks gently set her into the water. David and Keith set off to take Second Wind over to her slip for the summer. Keith’s wife, Lyn, and I met them on the dock to catch lines and tie up. We had two dock hands there as well since it was so windy.

David and I have developed a docking process over the last few seasons. It has reduced a lot of stress for both of us since it makes docking a lot easier. We were prepared. We had the necessary lines ready. I understood that he’d be coming in faster than usual to counteract the cross winds. I was still nervous. So was he.

And then docking happened. Perfectly. Perfect speed. Perfect positioning. Perfect placement of that first line that makes all the difference.

We had decided to not wait until everything was perfect for us to launch. It turned out well in spite of that perfectness not happening. And that has made me realize that I can’t wait for life to be perfect for things to happen. So I’m moving forward with life. And one step is moving forward with this blog. Because things don’t happen because life is perfect. Life is perfect because we make things happen.

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