Ort: On the way to Dartmouth
Position: 47‘ 43.5 N 11‘ 19.6 W
I‘ve lived on a sailing ship with Ocean College for quite a while now and it has been a very interesting journey so far that has definitely changed me as a person.
I‘ve seen several different countries, I‘ve met people around the world and I have witnessed the daily routine on a sailing ship.
Especially the time on the Pelican has changed my attitude and also how I behave in certain situations. Living on a sailing ship can be very exhausting or even challenging. You need a lot of discipline and you always have to keep up your motivation and your work effort to maintain a safe and fair standard on the ship.
Living on a small ship with a bunch of other people means that sometimes it’s more about the others that are effected by your actions and your ship‘s mates should have always priority. So I had to learn how to be patient and thoughtful with other people and how even small gestures can change somebody’s day.
At the same time I constantly had to motivate myself and find the best balance between self-care and worship for others.
Self-discipline plays a major role on a sailing ship. Sleep if you can, work if you have to. Sometimes you feel like falling asleep right away even though you are on watch. You need to manage your own sleep, your motivation for the day and how much effort you put into your actions and if it’s worth it.
The most important aspect of the journey is having fun. It doesn’t matter what you do, you should always try to get the most out of it and have fun at the same time. This sounds pretty simple but trust me this might be more difficult than you think.
On a sailing ship, you’re constantly tired of the movement and you can be annoyed very easily. This is where friendship plays a major role. Nothing is more fun than sharing amazing moments with other people and having a laugh together.
Even if you’re tired or annoyed, there are always people who worship you and make you smile again. I‘m very grateful that I had such an awesome group of people around me since the last few months and I‘ll miss them very much.
They are the reason why I like to call the pelican my home, no matter how exhausted or annoyed I am. I dedicate my last daily report to all my friends I got to know on this journey because it’s the one thing I learned to appreciate the most.
Thank you to you all for your support and love over the last couple months.