Bonny just made the following comment to my post “So, what about the ship?”. I’m repeating it here since she’s already made it public by commenting under her name.
Hi Bonny. And a heartfelt thank you, with personal respect, for reaching out this way. I am going to post a quick blog about your request that will reach a few hundred people some of which may be in your same situation. I’m also going to put a comment/notice on the LASC Portal to reach people who are already booked on the cruise.
This request from you personifies what good can come out of a community like the one that is forming, and the value that is already manifesting from the effort even if the cruise does not launch when or where planned.
Anyone interested is welcome to contact Bonny through me. Use the menu choice “Contact Me>Direct Messaging” so your contact information isn’t published and I’ll pass it on to Bonny (and no one else!).
This is a perfect example of why I signed up for this cruise to begin with, and why I, and many Residents I’m in contact with, are still positive about the adventure we all signed up for in spite of the delays, uncertainties, and the impact these delays are having on our lives. There is a LOT of uncertainty about this cruise even happening as most of you may know. The comments on “The Portal” (Residents only) reflect many upbeat and positive reactions from many of the Residents—not in the “it will be happening soon” kind of blind speculation way, but in the form of recognizing that life often throws us curve balls and the whole “make lemonade out of lemons” philosophy.
What I like about Bonny’s note is that she makes rational decisions (in my opinion holding off on the deposit makes sense) but also uses what is there and available to her to enrich her life and make contact with people she, otherwise, would not be able to meet. I don’t know Bonny personally, but I have the impression she wants to go on this trip because of the community of people it is likely to attract.
Thanksgiving is my favorite vacation by far. It is still about togetherness, food, and conversation. Like everything else in the U.S.A. it is assaulted by commercialism and expectation, but so far it has retained the valuable elements of connecting people, sometimes in families, sometimes strangers, meeting each other for the first time for the sole purpose of finding things to talk about, to laugh and sometimes cry over, to eat together and to connect.
Bonny, I hope this helps you a bit in making contact with others with a similar soul. I have struggled with a sense of loss and isolation after my divorce, and I admire your courage in “putting it out there” to a likely group to find common ground and form a new community around your new life.
Anyone reading this, please let me know if you want to reach out to Bonny and I’ll pass your contact information on to her. Use my Direct Messaging link so your contact information isn’t made public and it will go to her, and only to her.