I am a seafarer and being one, I breathe to wander, work to wander and live to wander. .
As someone who sails, I had the chance to travel to different countries around the world for free, get to know people of diverse colors and explore the beauty of our nature. I had witnessed the phenomenon of bioluminescence, seen dolphins waltz in synchronization, experienced negative degrees, crossed the Equator, been to Jesus Christ's birthplace, etc.
But there's more to it than just the surface; there's more to being a seafarer than just free passes, money, and luxury. Because the moment we set foot on a ship, we commit ourselves to the agony of great distances, we condition ourselves to daily pangs of ache, we force ourselves to hold back tears because we're supposed to be the ones that are strong, we break ourselves for our loved ones to be whole, we tell ourselves that the sea is a risk and we are half-dead already. I experienced the full gamut of emotions while sailing at sea; I realized that seafaring and sacrificing go hand in hand.
Seafarers are the unsung heroes of this world: we are the ones who take good care of our marine environment, we are a part of the legion who tries to contribute to the stability of our country's economy, we literally move mountains as we deliver goods from one port to another, and we save our families and loved ones from poverty. I am humbled to be a one of those heroes who weathered the storms and braved the oceans just to take the open road - the sea, the road less traveled by.
The sea made me see that I am a true wanderer and leaving, as hurtful as it may seem, is per se living. ⚓️