I’ve left my boat.
I got the nicest farewell. All the crew lined up on the main deck aft & wished me all the best & gave me big hugs. I felt like a guest!
Sad to leave them but I know I’ve done the right thing. I feel happy & I know I’m on course for something amazing.
First of all. Home. Family.
I’ve had a season of highs and lows.
I HATE starting new jobs & being relatively useless when I start. Surprising considering how often I inflict new jobs into my life.
Super yachting has been a judgemental time for me full of tellings off, disapproval and feeling like I’m not making a positive impact or being fully appreciated. I am a notorious approval and appreciation seeker. I want it. In buckets. I can’t give myself pats on the back, I’m self depreciating Irish through & through – I need everyone else to pat my back!
I have loved the insight into the industry: the glamour, the lifestyle, the back stage effort that goes into showtime, the people, the sights. I have cheered dolphins riding the bow, I have had a starlit bbq at anchor by an active volcano, I have basked in the glamour of chic celeb haunts and relished the seclusion in the middle of the sea. I have cherished the sunsets, sunrises, new people I have met & all the beautiful places we have been.
No regrets. The bad times melt away as always and I am left with wonderful memories and experiences to treasure for my lifetime.
It’s time for me to go home and reunite with my family & friends & to become a recognisable relative to my niece and nephews.
I’ve made it to a shipyard in Italy to join my very first super yacht – on sticks. Trust me to meet my first yacht on a dry dock. Super yachting is a completely new industry to me.
Upon arrival to the yacht I instantly knew it would be a mostly vertical learning curve. The standards are so high in everything we do. The volume of things to learn and remember to do is a bit daunting, never mind everything associated with the marine aspect. I want to regress to my 2 year old sponge like mind self so I can fully absorb all this new information!
I think I will find it difficult to cope with the restrictive confines of working and living in such close proximity to my colleagues. Already I think it will be suffocating – and I am a positive and optimistic being! Not being able to get away from negative personalities will be tough for me. I am exceptionally skilled at getting far away from anyone with a negative attitude who could drag me down.
Here goes anyway. I’m throwing myself into a new experience. Bring on yachting!