At first I wasn’t sure how much of my real life I was going to share. But after talking with a couple of other companions whose opinions I trust, and who each came at this from different directions, I decided that for me, sharing felt right
I guess I can best be described as a small-town girl. I grew up in the south (no I don’t still have an accent). But while I love bonfires and mudding as much as any girl (lol), I was struck very early on in life with the travel bug and a wanderlust. It's been my life and my love for almost all my adulthood.
In one sense I'm stepping back from it. In another, I suppose I'm embracing it still. But on my own terms, and a schedule of my own choosing.
I've lived a few places since I moved away from home. But other than where I live now, I guess I was on the West Coast the longest; San Francisco to be exact. It was great fun. But it was crazy expensive and the ocean out there is much colder than I expected. So once the allure of sharing a too small rented condo with three other girls wore off a few years ago, I moved back East (South Florida). It was probably the best decision I've made to date.
I love it the lifestyle, the weather isn’t very different from where I grew up, and it introduced me to the work I've been doing for the last several years. The same work that I'm at the same time ready to say goodbye to, and a little conflicted about doing so.
So, what did I do before I dived into companionship head first? I worked as a stewardess. No, not for an airline. But on luxury and super yachts. Yes, the pay and tips were pretty good. But it was time for a change.
I made some great and and hopefully life long friends. But I honestly think I got a little tired of the cattiness of some of the other ladies (and the guys...lol) I crewed with. Plus I really am tired of being away from home for such long stretches at a time. I may go back to it someday. But for now, I’m stuck on dry land.
I'm sure you're curious. I would be too. But keep in mind that I’ll never share specifics about on whose yachts or whose charters I crewed, or any details about their lives. Why? Because discretion is as important in that field as it is in this one.
But even in a very general sense, some of the stories I could tell are really interesting. From the funny, to the outrageous, to the heartbreaking. It definitely gives us something to talk about while we “recover”. Lol.