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Email of the Day: Sailing Helps Me Enjoy Life During Difficult Times

By Dr. Laura on August, 27 2020
Email of the Day: Sailing Helps Me Enjoy Life During Difficult Times

I’m 51 and took up sailing at 49 after a serious illness that knocked me on my butt for a year.  My husband and three kids had never sailed before, but we decided to start in a boat that we wanted to keep.


When I was ill, my husband wanted to start shopping for our dream sailboat.  I thought he was crazy, but he wanted to focus forward and not on the difficult period we were in at the time.  I listened to his reasoning and remembered your stories of sailing and how much you loved it.  So, we went for it and bought a 46- foot X yacht racing cruiser.  You were right – it has been a wonderful experience and learning to skipper a sailboat has been fun and very challenging.

When I’m behind the wheel, I can only focus on the boat.  The breeze lets my illness and assorted ongoing tests fade into the background, and thankfully, I am now in remission.  Even before I knew port from starboard, I loved hearing about your racing stories.  Thanks for showing me there are ways to enjoy life even when you’re in the middle of a different kind of storm.


Sailing Helps Me Enjoy Life During Difficult Times

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