Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I'm getting my gear together and starting to think about being in close quarters with a lot of people that I don't know very well. It isn't bugging me so much as making me look forward to seeing how I'll deal with it. Last year when I was on the ship, I hadn't started in my program. This year, I'll be dealing with a lot of people that I am barely acquainted with. Being on the ship and working shifts round the clock can do strange things to your head. I'm working the 12 noon to 12 midnight shift so I'll not have my biological clock as messed up as I thought. Nonetheless, it's hard for the first few days until you get used to the motion of the ship and the long hours. Generally after a few days onboard, time becomes irrelevant as does the day of the week.
Working together in such close quarters requires team work, but it is also exhausting mentally and physically. I've got my trusty IPod filled with files from Sobercasting.org as well as my books. If nothing else, I can have my own meeting with a party of one to keep my spiritual side from sliding. I have to say that one of the greatest things about being at sea is the simplicity of it all. You're on a schedule, there are no phones, email comes twice a day, and you're surrounded by some of the most beautiful and wild scenery that the HP put for us to enjoy. It's life without a lot of extraneous "noise". Challenging but also thrilling.