An email from Webb Chiles this morning tells me that we both will be sailing for this first time this year this weekend, Webb in the New Zealand's Bay of Islands and myself on the Pasquotank River in North Carolina. Winter has been a time of recovery for us both. Webb has been rehabbing an injured shoulder, I have been recovering from hip replacement surgery. I suspect there will be twinges of pain for us as we raise sail, using muscles in ways they have not been used in months. And there will be the discomfort of fitting bodies still healing in the confines of small boats. But most importantly, there will be joy.
On Webb's journal he has invited the world to join us this weekend (which could possibly mean an awful lot of people on two small boats). I've copied part of his invitation below.
I invite you wherever you are to join us doing whatever you love to do this weekend. If you have a boat on water which can be sailed, sail.
If you are a runner, run. A walker, walk. A lover, love. A musician, play. A lover of music, listen. A reader, read. A tennis player, play. A horseman or woman, ride. A cook, cook. A star gazer, gaze. A gardener, garden. A dreamer, dream.
Whatever brings you joy enjoy it.