The design and formatting of LifeAtSea.Blog will change significantly, soon. As you all should know by now, the Life At Sea Cruise was canceled, at least for this year. I haven’t chosen a replacement adventure, yet, but it doesn’t make sense to keep the website as it is.
So, I am in the process of changing it. All of the original blog postings will remain available, but the overall structure, menus, etc. will change—a lot. I will also post about the current state of the search for another adventure to take the place of the disaster which was the Life At Sea Cruise by Miray.
While Miray Cruises has “promised” all money due to us will be refunded by mid-February, 2024, please keep all of us ex-Residents in your thoughts. Each booked Resident paid substantial funds on their account with Miray. In almost all cases (including mine) it was a life-changing amount. Some people literally sold their homes to afford the LAS trip, and are now struggling to even find a place to live and to find money to pay living expenses. I was not that unlucky, but many were.
For now., at least, the name of this website will remain “LifeAtSea.Blog.” When, or possibly if, another significant adventure makes itself known, I may rename the site. But think of “life at sea” as I always have, as being a general statement meaning to live a life of change, challenge, romance, difficulties, excitements, boredom on occasion, and many other descriptors that depend on the context and the perspective. But not necessarily tied to an Ocean of water. More on this in a moment.
I am fortunate not to be emotionally all torn up, as many ex-Residents are, over the failure of Miray to actually produce a ship for the cruise because I always considered it a significant risk. Also, I run my life in a way to try and prevent a disaster at one point from bringing everything to a calamitous halt, although that isn’t always possible, and I have failed at that objective a few times. Great things come with great risks. A bunch of us lost out on this particular risk. Unfortunately, a lot of the residents did not take the name of the cruise, “Life At Sea Cruise” as being indicative of the reality of the venture in the larger sense.
It has become a way of life for many cultures, mostly in the West, to assume our society and laws should protect us from life. This was an unfortunate reminder for many of us that many people around the globe don’t have the kind of (ultimately, false) security we take for granted. I suppose living in Africa 8.5 years, owning a home there, and being a Permanent Resident of Namibia forced me to emotionally prepare, to some degree at least, for this breakdown. Caveat emptor.
In its larger sense, what does “Life At Sea” mean to me? For a moment, let’s ignore the obvious, and often only, connotation that ties the words strictly to oceans of water and sea-going professions or jobs. It can and often does refer to an adventurous and somewhat unfocused lifestyle, often romanticized in literature, usually including a great deal of uncertainty, ups and downs, and implying no single, focused, end point/goal. Often, in the West particularly, this is viewed as always “bad” or “immature.” Personally, I consider that reaction very limited and unenlightened. This should not be a surprise given how I’ve run my “life at sea” by choice. The term “life at sea” can often evoke different reactions, emotions, and associations. At 74, with all of the ups and downs, the way I’ve run my life has resulted in me being happy, grateful, and looking forward to the next stage. I do have regrets, not many, but I’m very content with the whole. That feels pretty healthy to me.
I’m redesigning the website, and my life, to move on. I want my money back as much as the next guy/girl. And I’ll work to get it in a way I think will be the most effective. But I’m going to blog here about moving on, about finding the next big challenge(s), and I will try to make my writing about the process interesting and, maybe, something you can learn from that may apply to your life probably, if at all, in little bits and pieces—even if it is your determination of what NOT to do! If I totally screw up a decision point in my life that helps you decide what to do next in yours, you are welcome!
The changes to the website will come visibly, and please do your best to adjust and stick with me. This entire website venture is to help me learn to be a better writer, only peripherally to be a better visual designer or website technician. My goal is not to have a financially successful website. The front page will probably change a lot especially since I have only a rough idea where all of this is going to lead me. But you’ll know what’s up, and what others are thinking about in similar circumstances when I’m entrusted to share that knowledge.
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If you’re a glutton for stories, you can also check out my other website, which will start to get more of my attention: WITWIA.COM (Where In The World Is Andy) goes back to 2015. It’s been very quiet for a while. But no more. Shipwrecks full of gold and history, Namibia, diamond mining corporations, Africa, and whatever else I want to talk about are all on the horizon. You will FOLLOW (not subscribe) if you want email notices when I post. It’s on the right side of the home page just below the header.
Hope to see you around, somewhere, as I move through my life at sea. Thanks for reading.