English | 156 pages | True PD
The year was 2004, and it’s one I’ll never forget. Like many high schoolers, I was lodged in that awkward stage between boy and man. Like most teenagers, I thought I was invincible. That bubble burst in February of that year when a close friend and teammate, all of 15 years old, was killed in a car crash. It shook my world. It was the kind of sucker punch that hits you in the gut and forces you to question the bigger things in life. Prior to 2004, my parents had been dreaming about taking the family Egg Harbor from New York to the Bahamas. We’d cruised extensively aboard a 33-footer, but had never attempted anything close to that magnitude. My parents knew that if ever there was a time to get away with their young family and hit the reset button, it was then. It’s only now, after planning cruises of my own, that I’m beginning to really appreciate how much prep and planning went into pulling off a trip like that. From securing the time off from work (this was just at the advent of cell phones) to provisioning and packing spares of everything, this trip took months to put into motion.