It's an urge that comes over me occasionally. That sense of being taken away to somewhere else. It happened again when I saw this sailing boat. The feeling of just getting on board, leaving everything else behind, and going off into the sunset. An unknown adventure ahead.
On a rational level of course I know that this wouldn't work very easily. There's a few practical things that would stop me for a start. Like the fear of seasickness. The lack of knowledge of how to actually sail a boat. The lack of skill in reading maps.
But probably the biggest block to simply sailing away would be leaving important things behind - those people and pets that rely on me being there, or at least planning for their care. The work that is to be done at home and the need for my regular pay packet. Not to mention the value I place on my routine in my day to day life that gives me balance and stability.
Living a life sailing off into the ocean can still be a bit of a fantasy. It's good to remind myself that it's an option that some people have taken despite having similar blocks that I have. This prompts me to think that sometimes our barriers are not as real as we think they are. That there are always things we can do to overcome barriers if we really want to do something badly enough.
I can at least take myself off into a sailing adventure in my mind. It can be a visualisation that is there and can be called upon during times of stress or imbalance. Using the image figuratively can take me away from the literal day to day stressors and into a place where little things just don't matter so much. A place of freedom and choice. Perhaps a place where adventure lives - in my mind, if not in reality, yet.