A day can mean quite a lot. Especially when you happen to spend your days traveling around the world, on a ship.
In life with Unreasonable at Sea, the days can be complicated, emotionally, mentally and physically draining, and more often than not, overwhelmingly inspiring.
The work that we do is challenging, mostly because of the environment and circumstances under which we work:
Imagine working with your coworkers every single day, without even a full 24 hours of break time.
And living with them.
Not just as housemates, but as roommates.
In tiny compartment rooms,
On a ship,
As you travel to 13 countries,
Creating events and programming around the world.
Perhaps one of the most challenging roles I have ever had with regard to a working environment, Unreasonable at Sea has also become a gateway to understanding, and an opening for some of the most incredible experiences in my life.
I’m not sure that an “average day at sea” even exists, but perhaps today is a good example:
The day began with a rocky start, with some complex logistical and systematic challenges, including new travelers, new visa issues, and new event details to send out.
It dipped significantly into an intense, emotional conversation with some of my teammates about current team dynamics and disturbing upcoming changes, and left me feeling drained and distraught just in time for lunch.
Lunch on the ship was shared with friends Matt & Shawna from the Unreasonable at Sea Media Team, filled with hilarious stories of in-country travel (And for anyone who knows Pedro Delgado Ortiz, you know how hilarious and crazy the story must be!), and followed by a quiet ride into town in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Next a nice stroll around the city center, ending at a beautiful hotel, that included coffee and most importantly, free Wi-Fi.
After a wonderful lobby-work session (aka gyshido time), with classical music playing in the background and a powerful rooftop poolside discussion with my teammate/roommate/amazing friend, Taylor Rowe, I finally felt clarity about the earlier team issues.
As evening approached, an adventure through streets filled with lights and celebrations for the new year led me to the very best part of my day, one of the most inspiring dinners I have had yet, shared with Khalida Brohi.
Khalida is one of the bravest people I have ever met, responding to the death of her friend and her background growing up in the beautiful yet restrictive environment of a tribal area in Pakistan with conviction to speak out against honor killings, violence, and injustice and to use her venture, Sughar to create tangible change that reaches over one million women.
Our rather happenchance dinner included delicious Vietnamese food combined with a shared space for ideas, thoughts, and reflections, with topics including spirituality, religion, traditions, entrepreneurship, funny stories, painful stories, and intense and determined hope for the future.
Each new day at sea is a challenge; each new day is an adventure.
One of my wise and wonderful teammates and mentors, Laura Anne Edwards, said the following back when we were walking around Kyoto, Japan:
“I promised myself I would never have another ‘gray’ day. Days could be good or bad, have ups and downs, but I wouldn’t waste any more time on days that I won’t remember. No matter what, it has to be memorable.”
Days working for Unreasonable at Sea have perhaps more ups and downs than I have ever experienced. But I find Laura’s words could not be more true of this journey; the days we spend on this voyage are some of the most beautiful, terrifying, and memorable that I have ever seen.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives
– Annie Dillard