What do I do now?
January 6, 2017
Sometimes life goes along as planned,, sometimes it doesn’t. It can reserve big surprises and obstacles. Everyone of us has experienced some.
These past few months, my projects and plans have not gone as I anticipated.
Last spring/early summer, I applied to volunteer with CUSO. Although the organization accepted me as a candidate, none of the local organizations in Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia chose me for the job they had advertised. I suspect “ageism”, but who knows?
Then I was accepted to crew on a sail boat with a dream itinerary. Unfortunately, neither the boat nor the captain were sea-worthy. This reversal caused me and the other crew members major inconvenience. Not only did I spend quite a bit of money getting to Houston and then out of Houston, I also bought an entire set of diving equipment which I am still hauling around. I bought reference books for the boat which a friend will forward to me when I get back home. My bags are still heavy with sailing gear, and an extensive medical kit. Every time I move, someone has to help me with my luggage. How embarrassing, and rather costly too.
In Cuba, I got a bad virus which the doctor chalked up to stress.
Getting from Havana to Cancun (only 60 miles apart) took me over 12 hours rather than the measly one hour it should have taken.
And now that I am happy in a paradisiacal diving centre, my ears get bunged up, so I have to take anywhere from 3 to 5 days off!
At each turn, I have improvised, and tried to make the most out of the situation, but it is rather discouraging, wouldn’t you say?
There are many ways of minimizing these set-backs:
1. Realizing that they could be worse.
2. I am lucky I didn’t go out to sea with an incompetent captain.
3. There is always something else one can do, suffice to keep an open mind.
4. It is better to be stuck in paradise than in a snow bank.
5. My luck is bound to change… hopefully soon.
6. I should count my blessings rather than my difficulties.
7. Etc., etc.
And I will, but right now, I am feeling rather defeated.