Nursing home cheats...  
     This is Harry Heckel.
     Harry sailed around the world in his 32' sloop, at
the age of 89. That was the second time he did it.

What exactly did he do?
     He completed his second around the world "solo"
circumnavigation. WOW!
Meet Minoru Saito. . .
he did it at age 71,
and he has done it 7 times.
     Now, if you think being 55 and a card carrying AARP member is too old to live on a boat and go
cruising. . .   think again. Their are lots of Senior Citizens out here cruising. It's a fun, it's safe, it's frugal,
it is a wonderful, and healthy lifestyle. It also allows you to spend most of your money in ways you want to
spend it.
No, we are not simply talking of just  cheating the
Nursing home; we are talking of sailing "solo" around
the world.

Mr. Saito has sailed around the world 7 times, and
recently completed his 7th solo circumnavigation at
age 71.

So, if your one of those that think 16 is too young. . .
Do you also believe that 71 is too old?
This is Capt. John. . .

Capt. John has cruised the Caribbean, and all around in the world.
- 70 years of age, he is still cruising. These days, you will find him
cruising America's Great Loop.

     But lets be fair about this. If we can argue about how young is too
young - then we can argue about how old is too old.

 Doctors, Psychologists, Counselors, and even family members will tell you,
there is a dramatic change of life for everyone, when faced with having to take
the car keys away from Grandpa or our aging Mom or Dad.
But according to Capt. John, "You can take my car keys. . . That's OK with
me, but just
be prepared for what happens if you try to take the keys to my  boat.
. .
Harry Heckel - 89 years old
Capt. John - 70 years old
We joke about 65 being the new 45. We are young at heart, we have the passion for travel and
adventure, and we are armed to the gunwales with an inventory of things to do we’ve always dreamed
about.  Deep down, we know the clock is ticking and we’re getting older.

       There are some that think they will live forever, or at least to a point their lives rival that of Methuselah.
They spend time and money as though they will always have both. Incredibly, they are still buying “stuff”; flat-screen TVs,
computers, lawn tractors, new cars, and furniture, all at a record pace, as though it matters, and worth the debt and the stress.

     They remain at their jobs, not because they need the money, but because that’s who they have become. Some in fact think if
it were not for their job, they would be lost with nothing to do. These poor misguided souls are more committed to their jobs than
to themselves, their freedom, and their loved ones.

     It's as though they have become that person whose name is on their business card, and forgotten all the reasons they applied
for that job in the first place.

     Now, I’ve said my peace, and I don’t really know how to wrap this up. Except to say I went to the funeral of yet another High
School classmate not long ago, it was the fourth one this in four months. What made this one so difficult for me was that a month
before his death, he came to see me because he and his wife decided to buy a boat and go cruising.

     One way or another, we’re all terminal folks. We’re all in the sniper’s scope. We all have less time that we think.  For every
person that tells me, “We wish we were doing what you are doing.”  They have no idea of how much I really wish they were too.

     I talk a-lot about living the dream and cruising the Great Loop, or sailing off into the sunset. Some think I’m an idealist, I’m not.
I am just a frugal realist living my dream.

     No! I’m not talking positive thinking, pie in the sky or "wish upon a star" here - I’m talking about NOT not burning your candle at
both ends . . . Just burning it more brightly at one - while it is still lit.
     We are not the sedentary senior group of our parent’s
generation. We are not satisfied to spend our golden years on Golden
Pond, nor in a Silver-hair Assisted Living Condo, or looking out the
windows of a tour bus.

     No, not us. We have to knock some pretty exciting things off our
Bucket List. We want some real adventure.

     Still, far too many keep putting off that “voyage of a
lifetime” for yet another year, because we simply assume we
have another year.

     So we give up what may well be our last chance, to stay at home and
worry about the trivial, only to the neglect of the
most precious. We talk of getting through another week at
work. . . Forgetting we are wasting away the very moments
that comprise the rest of our life.
These Seniors sailing . . .
Are they really as happy as they Loo
You Bet They Are!
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