Hi, My name is Dan, I have been called a few things in life, chef, accountant, IT and web developer, father, husband and now I my attempting to add another two “sailor” and “writer”. As with my previous monikers I never truly mastered them. I technically never completed my chef apprenticeship despite working over 15 years as a chef, I’m not CA or CPA qualified, I have no IT qualifications, I can be a distracted and grumpy father and have at times been a bit infuriating as a husband.
“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”
I don’t claim to have all the answers and be an expert; I have applied myself to a few disciplines over the years and learned a thing or two. As with the philosophers dilemma of the more you know the more you realise you don’t know, is that there is no singular way of shining truth.
This website is my attempt to make sense of the chaos and the conflicting chatter; I hope you can gain some knowledge and insight while here. I am not trying to be the all to end all I’m just some muppet who wants to go sailing and live a simple life. The first lesson I hope you can take away is
“Listen to all and follow none”
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印? sanbōin), specifically impermanence (無常? mujō), suffering (苦? ku) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空? kū). Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. I feel this is central to the philosophy of sailing for me, we don’t fight nature, we calmly and respectfully observe and harness what we can and take only what we need.
I have quit my day job and am trying to write full time, I do have a family to support but I offer this information freely. If I have helped or imparted anything I would appreciate a donation and humbly thank you in advance for your contribution.