My parents built a summer house on a tidal river at the New Jersey shore when I was one year old. Salt water is in my blood.
When I was in my thirties, my goal changed from having my own house on the water to actually living on the water in a sailboat.
I found this quote from Henry David Thoreau in a sailing magazine: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” It was printed with a background of a person standing on the shore with one knee raised on a piling and his hand under his chin. He’s gazing out over the ocean at a sailboat floating by.
For inspiration, I cut out that 3″x5″ image and stuck it on my refrigerator door with a magnet. Not too many years later, I sold my house and lived aboard for six years. The inspirational image went with me in my recipe box, protected by a plastic sleeve designed for recipe cards.
The achievement of that dream led me to another dream: being a published writer. My salt water stories have since been published in four boating magazines and over six anthologies.
The cutout image and quote now reside on my desk, inspiring me to work on my novel and the occasional short piece.
What is your dream? What inspires you?