Not the bugle call for fallen comrades….. just the last opportunity I will have to put up a post before D-Day. It will be quick note with reflection on the planning and preparation process.
“Just do it” they all say. This is all very well if you live in the same country and/or your boat is a few miles, or states away. Even then, I have noticed from those that blog, the new Loopers who live close by never actually seem to get away on the dates they anticipated anyway. From halfway round the world preparation is that much more daunting and time just flies by like you wouldn’t believe.
Should we have taken longer to prepare? I don’t think so, and as I said on an earlier posting, we’d probably have been in just as much turmoil on departure if we had had an extra 2 weeks or even months, for that matter. And at our stage of life the guy with the black hoodie and scythe is standing way too close to delay anything on one’s bucket list for too long.
Should we have committed to a date so early? Absolutely!! Committing to a date and subsequent travel arrangements is a huge inducement to avoid procrastination. To not set a date invites the possibility of it all getting too hard and putting it off until the “time is right”, which may result in never doing it at all.
Would I do it differently, knowing what I know now? Quite likely, but then at the beginning I didn’t know what I know now, so it’s of little consequence anyway.
In two more days we’ll be off and “just doing it”. Great Loop, here we come!