We’ve made a decision. And I’m scared sh*tless. So is my husband.
Honey? Not so much.
She’s sleeping at my feet dreaming of peanut butter and tug toys.
What’s the difference? We know what’s coming and how uncertain our life plans are. Honey lives in the moment.
So who copes better with change? Us or the dog?
We’ve Made A Date With Change
This week I’m contacting someone who will help us find the right sailboat to live aboard and cruise on.
On March 1, 2015, I will put our house on the market. Shortly after that, we’ll be selling nearly everything we own.
As soon as we find the right boat, Mike, Honey, and I are taking off for parts unknown. Well, unknown to us. We’re not exactly heading to Venus.
We’ve been preparing Honey for adventure for the past two years by
- building her confidence through training
- teaching her how to board a boat using a ramp
- getting her used to wearing a life jacket
- taking her sailing when we can find pet-friendly sailboat charters
Honey has no idea why we’re doing all these things. So she is not frightened of what lies ahead.
Mike and I have been preparing ourselves for adventure over the past four years by
- taking liveaboard sailing lessons
- sailing most weekends on Cayuga Lake
- chartering a boat for a week
- strengthening our relationship so we can survive life on a small boat and working together in dangerous conditions
We know exactly why we’re doing these things. And we’re scared. Excited. But scared.
We need to channel Honey.
Life In The Moment
It’s not that Honey never gets scared. She’s actually a timid pup.
But she doesn’t get scared until there’s something to get scared about.
Honey is not sitting at my feet wondering if I’m going to take her for a ride in that darn bike cart of mine. Or if being at anchor in a small boat with a storm coming is more or less scary than being in open water.
That’s one nice thing about being a dog. That and having people continually wanting to feed you little yummies.
And although it doesn’t come naturally to us, like it does for Honey, we need to learn to focus on the moment ourselves.
There’s no point in speculating or worrying about a future that doesn’t exist yet. It certainly doesn’t help our digestive systems.
Who Copes Better With Change
So who copes better with change?
Will it be Pam and Mike because they’re spending their days getting ready for a major life event?
Or will it be Honey? Who doesn’t know what’s happening yet but in four years has learned to trust that good things happen when we’re all together.
I’m putting my money on Honey.
Your Turn: Have you experienced a major life change with your pets? Moving, a break up, long-term travel? Who coped better?