“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off your bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

Beginning the begin.

Welcome to my dream of making an open ocean sailing voyage. Those who know me, know this about me, I’m an adventurer. Maybe it’s the surfer/tree skier still pulsing through my veins, but I love the unknown — particularly that place where confidence and uncertainty intersect. I feel defined by it, and along with my love of life, my course through this world has largely been drawn by it.

That said, the last several years of my disability have been some of the most challenging I’ve ever faced. As a quadriplegic, post-injury physical changes are inevitable, but how they manifest themselves can vary. My physical changes, being significant, have given rise to both cautiousness and measured living on the one hand and growth and action on the other. At first, these changes felt like barriers and I put off doing adventurous things with the idea my situation would improve around the corner. I incorrectly believed the adventures I wanted to pursue would somehow be more fulfilling as I was before the changes rather than how I am now.

But this isn’t living and I realized my new situation was as flexible as I wanted it to be. The only thing affecting the quality of my adventures were the constraints I put on them. Coming to this understanding felt like a trip home, like finding my course again.

Wake up and the possibilities become endless.  Step outside your front door and they suddenly become real.

This voyage is born out of that understanding. It’s a way for me to take hold of my life and challenge myself in an element that’s as near to my heart as anything else — the ocean.

Explore. Connect. Collaborate.

Originally, I’d intended to write/blog only about things directly related to the trip, but then a very good friend of mine suggested I write about whatever piqued my interest — music, movies, surfing, sailing, food, etc.. His point being — and it’s a good one — I’m the one who’s going to inspire somebody to give this thing a go, not the trip itself. He also added, boats on the ocean are a rather intimate affair so interesting conversation about french new wave cinema, surf design and clam pasta can go a long way.

Next year, if all goes according to plan, this will be your one stop source for the ramblings of a redheaded quad on the open seas. In the meantime, it’s my sincerest hope that whatever I have to say here you’ll find something interesting in it. If you do, please let me know, I’d love to hear from you. And if you just feel like saying hello or sending along a little encouragement, please do — it’s all welcome.

Mahalo and peace.

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