So Quiet But I Finally Woke Up

Sometimes I feel like I’m drunk behind the wheel
the wheel of possibility
However it may roll, give it a spin
See if you can somehow factor in
You know there’s always more than one way
to say exactly what you mean to say

Was I out of my head or was I out of my mind?
How could I have ever been so blind?
I was waiting for an indication, it was hard to find
Don’t matter what I say, only what I do
I never mean to do bad things to you
So quiet but I finally woke up
If you’re sad then it’s time you spoke up too

Was I out of my head or was I out of my mind?
How could I have ever been so blind?
I was waiting for an indication, it was hard to find
Don’t matter what I say, only what I do
I never mean to do bad things to you
So quiet but I finally woke up
If you’re sad then it’s time you spoke up too

Was I out of my head or was I out of my mind?
How could I have ever been so blind?
I was waiting for an indication, it was hard to find
Don’t matter what I say, only what I do
I never mean to do bad things to you
So quiet but I finally wake up
If you’re sad then it’s time you spoke up too

Outta My Head – Fastball

Today was another day for a ride along the coast of Maine. I left Bangor at 4:30 this morning and drove to Ellsworth then north on US 1 all the way to Calais. I needed to clear my head after a difficult week of driving, and the beauty of the coast never fails to inspire.

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It’s fun to think I am looking at the same picture the earliest explorers looked at hundreds of years ago. The only thing different now is the presence of man made homes and docks. All the inlets, coves, islands and mud flats are unchanged. The above picture could be the vision of the first explorer to set foot on that beach. The presence of man brings new things, but still in harmony with nature.

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Many of these inlets may have filled in some with silt, but all it takes is one big storm to wash it back out. The ebb and flow of the ocean tides cleanse the coast and provide for all the flora and fauna that thrive here.

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As I roll along I feel my shoulders settle, my neck loosen. I smell the salt air and watch the birds fly over the flats. It’s so quiet but I finally woke up to the fact that I must have been blind to not realize before now, just how much I can see and do for almost no money. There are so many places to see and touch, smell and hear. I think about my former plans of a house or land, my little slice of the earth and I understand how narrow that goal is. Why limit yourself to just a small view?

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There is so much more I can see from the deck of a boat. Every day I can have a different view, every day I can turn the page in my book of life and add a new photo. Every day I can feel the joy of discovery, feel just like a child again.

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Can you see yourself anchored in this harbor, rowing the dingy to shore to go to the local Farmers Market for fresh vegetables and fruit, buy some fish caught just today right from the boat that caught it? A minimalist lifestyle can be had, and a much better life can be lived if your willing to do what it takes.

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This sea otter lives a life free from the daily grind we all face, so why can’t we? Alone or with friends he go’s where he want’s, when he want’s. So why can’t we? The answer is…we can, and I will! Imagine anchoring in this quiet cove. Nothing but the wind and the gentle sway of the boat. What is that kind of peaceful lifestyle worth?

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Nothing in life is free, nothing should be taken for granted. So many people work so hard for their retirement only to get sick or even die before they can enjoy life after work. Many others can’t stop working for fear of losing everything they worked so hard for. If you have almost nothing, you have almost nothing to lose I say. If my boat sank, I could work and buy another. If you lost your house at age 60, could you afford to buy another?

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The sunset of my life is coming, my body is not as resilient as it used to be. I can’t read a book without glasses, but I can rebuild a diesel engine. I can’t run a 5k race, but I can row a dingy and sail a sailboat. Ones worth in this world is not only measured by their physical prowess or their degrees earned in collage, but by their ability to fend for themselves. The founders of this country came here with minimal tools and supplies, the rest they had to come up with on their own. It may have been very hard by today’s standards, but they understood what it took to live a minimalist lifestyle, and I will do the same.

The sweat on my brow and the blisters on my hands are the price I will pay for my lifestyle of choice. I will have many more years of that currency with which to pursue my goals, live the dream before I am too old. My book of life will be filled with joy and laughter, sorrow and tears. A balance of each is my goal if I can help it. We shall see.

PS: I had lunch in Calais at a small diner in town and met Katalin. We had a great conversation and she reminded me of a former post about exceptional people, of which she is one. The story of your boys giving you a ring and saying you were married to them was so endearing it made my heart melt. I told you when I sailed up the coast in a year or two I would stop by again and take you and your two sons out for a sail. And yes Katalin, I will show up, but I was lying to you a little. I don’t often include two songs in one post, but this song is what I felt when I drove back to Bangor.

 

 

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18 thoughts on “So Quiet But I Finally Woke Up

  1. You lift my heart with this post *the answer is we can and I will* – God love you I am so proud to be your friend. I am so proud of the way you have seized life and are willing to pare it down and simplify, get off that grinding wheel stone and out into the stunning place we call our world just as those forebears of yours that I know you relate to did – those founding fathers, those early settlers, those pioneers. You are one of them. As I get ready to drive and then take a train through a tunnel under the sea to Calais, France and set off on the long drive across France tomorrow I know I will have your words etched on my own heart, ringing in my ears. And a shout out to Katarina too … she sounds like a lovely lady. I send you hugs across the ocean, kindred hugs

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      1. You would be welcome any time. And I am quite determined that you will visit France and I will show you some of the best bits. Topping it off with a trip through the Chunnel and a little time in the land of my birth would be pretty damn perfect!

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  2. It seems you and I had the same week.. It was difficult traffic at anytime day or night for me.. Even at the N.H. rest area, parked, people were “difficult” and extremely rude..
    I’m glad you took your ride to blow off the tension..
    You are more of a sea salt and I’m more of a land lover.. But I believe we have the best of both worlds.. My land is paid off and taxes are low.. Finishing of the cabin, the shed and working my land to stay off grid as possible, is my dream.. I want to keep as independent of “stuff” as possible.. The river, brook and forest together, is my retreat.. Shelter, food and a bbq works really well for me and Stewie.. 😄
    Your pictures, as always are scenic and a perfect fit for the post.. I’m glad you met an exceptional lady and hope you will soon be able to keep your word to her.. I’m a little confused by your “lying a little” statement but if I understood the song, then I want to add, never say never my friend 🙂
    Hope your next round out, and mine too, are much better..

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      1. Glad to hear that !
        You know I agree with you, his word is gold..
        As far as the traffic goes, I can’t believe that I’m looking forward for school to start and get some of the traffic off the road.. It seems most of the east coast vacationers have opted for the road rather than planes or trains..

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      2. I’m jealous 😟 I’d love to go Wegmans..
        Hope you have fun 👍

        So you you’re at your 70 or have to wait to get the load ?
        Either way, yes, that’s a long time to wait.. I’m at Polar loading now.. Had to split my hours twice.. 1st was because the last load wasn’t ready and had to continue the split to be able to get this one.. At least I’ll be driving with less traffic when I leave 🤷 YaaY !!!

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    1. He was chattering sooo loud! I think people feed them at this site as he came right over to the shore when I threw some grass down. Next time I will carry a pocket full of fish! (Also works well to keep tourists away!)

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  3. I’m From Calais!!!! I don’t know how I missed this post the other day. My Dad, Grandparents, Aunt and Uncles still live there. It was a lovely place to grow up. It’s changed quite a bit since them, but still a fun place to visit.

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