Big Life Update – Finding Purpose Through Sail Training

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going? I haven’t been around here in so long. It honestly feels like forever since I last sat down to write a post on A Light In The Darkness. I think it’s time you guys got an update!

Where to start?

Since we last spoke sailing has become a huge part of my life. That first voyage ignited a love and a passion that has only grown over the past weeks. I have actually been on another trip since then and am booked into a week long one in Scotland in July. I have decided that sail training – what these charities do – is what I want to do in the future and so I’ve been taking steps to pursue that. It won’t be easy, but I’m willing to work hard.

Me with the crew of the June voyage – proudly displaying our well-earnt qualifications.

Sail training is all about taking young people out on sailing voyages, teaching them skills, helping them to work as a team, improving their self-confidence and self-esteem and giving them a purpose to their days. It’s absolutely wonderful and combines everything that I’m good at and want to do.

I think one of the reasons I’ve fallen in love with sailing and sail training is the sense of purpose and self-confidence it’s given me. I have struggled a lot with lack of direction and not knowing what I’m doing and where I’m going. And I think, if it can uplift, motivate and direct me in such a way, what wonders can it do for young people with mental health issues? Or teens from disadvantaged areas? It’s such a valuable, amazing thing and I want to be a part of giving others the opportunity to experience that same incredible feeling of achievement, confidence and freedom that I have.

I can remember a moment what feels like forever, but was actually only a few weeks ago, when I’d been off the boat for a couple of hours. I was still in that exhausted, elated state and I was walking across a Sainsbury’s car park in my Island Trust t-shirt, feeling a complete and utter sense of freedom and confidence and certainty. Certainty that this was what I wanted to do and that this was what I was going to do.

Moosk – the beautiful vessel that I had the pleasure of sailing on my last voyage.

I simply cannot wait to continue with this journey.  On the next trip I am hoping to get my ‘competent crew’ qualification. For the first time in ages, I’m so excited and energised about something and it feels really good.

It feels like I’m working towards something amazing and achievable and that by taking little steps and working really hard I could have a whole future of incredible opportunities in front of me. Opportunities to sail and opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others.

So how are you all? What have I missed? Future plans, guys? Have any of you sailed before? If so, what did you think? Tell me everythinggggg! And if we haven’t talked in a while, drop me a comment or an email so that we can catch up! ❤🤘❤🤘❤

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