When traveling, you see and experience new cultures, you meet people with a different way of life, with a different philosophy of life. This is enlightening, it is thought provoking and at times it forces you to look at yourself in a completely different life.
When traveling you also forego some creature comforts you may have been used to at home. This makes you appreciate what you had and what you may have again in the future but it also strengthens you. Anyone who knows me will tell you that we I greatly value strength of character. Some of us have developed it due to life challenges while others simply by putting themselves in a position to develop it.
When traveling at sea, these lessons become exponentially informative. The sea is a sweet sweet lady until her temper turns to rage, at which point she will easily remind you that while you are a guest in her house, it is her house. You must respect her rules. I once spent 40 hours in a tiny little rowboat out at sea (long story for another time). The stories I have from those 40 hours. From visions at sea (I probably was a bit too dehydrated and REALLY tired), to overcoming some pretty big waves a few miles out, to seeing a turtle near me. And physically, it was quite a test. I did not sleep during those 40 hours. I rowed non-stop. I barely ate (since I had to row) and please don’t ask about the whole bathroom situation. But my god! What an experience!! During those 40 hours I learned more about myself than I had in the previous few months if not years.
Some people may be put off by this but for me, it’s an addiction. Testing myself non-stop. Because it’s during those times that I find myself to be most at peace with myself.