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I've always felt that I was living in a kind of "Alternate Universe" when it comes to relating with neighbors, co-workers and people in general... but there has been an even wider chasm dividing "us" from "them" since we've moved aboard Dos Libras. We are no longer traveling in the same direction... we've jumped off the merry-go-round... left the building. This increasing rift was not expected. Maybe it is just my way of disengaging so that the parting won't be as difficult when the time comes.
Increased awareness of our Global Impact:
I've never been much of a "Tree Hugger", but now find myself becoming increasingly aware of the environment and our effect upon it. We live closer to nature and see the direct impact of the excesses we formerly gave no thought. I search for ways that we can lessen the amount of garbage and reduce our use of harsh chemicals that will be introduced into the waters beneath us. Everything in the US is so "instant", which is great, but it comes at such a cost. We are soiling our nest and I'm looking for ways to keep from contributing to it. I've found enjoyment in creating my own cleaning supplies from more simple and pure ingredients that we all have around our homes. It just makes me feel better that we aren't leaving a dead zone in our wake.
Less is More:
I've often heard it said, but have never really believed it. Why NOT have more?... I have spent years collecting all manner of things that I once thought I could not live without. Since making the decision to cruise, we have given away or sold most of our "stuff" and I've hardly missed it. In fact, I would be hard pressed to list the things we've left behind, with but a few exceptions. This MUST be caused by some strange mind numbing Cruising Side Effect!
Becoming more self reliant:
We have always been able to "just throw money at it" when something breaks or we need a new whatsit. Just order one off of Amazon and it magically appears. Well, that gets to be EXPENSIVE! Never a problem before, but when contemplating giving up my income... I've had to think about things a bit more. I have surprised myself at how Bruce and I have been able to do a little research and then come up with a way to do things ourselves instead of calling the repairman or ordering off the Internet. Now, don't get me wrong... the UPS man is still my friend! But I see that lessening and feel pride when I come up with creative ways to DIY.
These are the first of what I believe will be many unexpected, or even unintended changes that becoming full time Cruisers will bring. Some will be good and others may be unfortunate... I look forward to realizing them all as we transition to the next phase and I would love to hear your comments.