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Can this be happening?
When I started this blog spot some 8 months earlier this year I could never imagine that only that short time after the whole world would have turned upside down in such extent.
Among with the rest of the residents of this planet, I am still observing and trying to understand what is going on, why things happen and what will be the future after this. Unfortunately for me this was the worst ever timing to move on with my first ever start up and it cannot be but more than a case study of ‘wrong place-wrong time’ to see it from an observer’s view.
As explained here in previous articles and also seen in respective videos I made while preparing the Yin Yang for the season, the efforts were massive, the commitment total and the optimism strangely remained in high level. My will to make this happen and succeed with the concept, were and still remain my drive, however reality has honed things differently and we are currently in the end of this summer still trying to find out what is going on. I do not want to moan and complain, I am honestly grateful to the ones that assisted and supported me even the few ones who did their best to put me down, they all made me stronger and more confident for my capability courage and potentials.
I am grateful to the flow that brought me here and inherited me with the blessing of living in this magnificent Island, that allowed me to be able to sail this unique sea, to feel the wind hiss in my chicks and command my little sailboat amidst gales and calm seas. I am happy, proud and delighted that I made it, that the concept is in place and that mostly all of the guests that have sailed with us left us with a huge smile in their faces and a sense that this was a superb time for all. My vision was and remains to have satisfied guests that will find the concept worth, valuable and unique, I am more than happy after one month of sailing the Yin Yang that this is the feedback I get from all of them and this is reflected on their reviews in our social media as well.
So how has it been up-to-day?
Well it has started more than late by the end of July and not with ideal terms, but it has moved on and so it does. Our first sailings were difficult mostly due to adverse weather and other odds but we overcame it and moved ahead, sea has never been a field of smoothness and easy going life, it has been harsh adverse and violent while in the same time magnificent and amazing, so we knew what to anticipate and with a touch of good luck we have made it up to day.
As mentioned, our feedback up to day has been more than empowering, guests liked the unique yacht and its outstanding ambience, loved the quality food, scenery and the nature as we did our best to show them the best of our land and also found us up to their expectations in terms of professionalism service and the like.
That by default would have made the concept a success from scratch as the main targets have been seemingly reached, however the financial and social consequences of the pandemic remain vivid disastrous and hard to measure in a wider scale. The season in terms of length has been severely damaged and compressed, in terms of additional costs and restrictions in operations the impact has also been considerable and on top of all the second wave of the outbreak has given us the final shoot in terms of financial survivability.
As an island itself based in tourism with my business included on this, we have been badly affected by the consequences of the pandemic and the winter ahead seems long and extremely cold. The last of our visitors are still on the island but we do not expect any new ones as we might have hopped to come, in only but few weeks we will be again between us and the future ahead seems unknown and dark. One of our guests told me few days ago that previous generations had wars, ours had this and so seems the case. We have been attacked without expecting it by an unknown enemy that succeeded to destroy a global planning of decades ahead, minor little existences alike us are struggling to survive and make it to tomorrow while massive other ones struggle alike.
Impact is holistic, future unknown and predictions only but unstable. Those are the unprecedented days that we were by destiny programmed to live and that act as well as a good chance to re-examine our values, principles and our actions. I always try to see the bright side of any situation and mostly identify what I can learn from this, or in other words what the universe is trying to tell us.
I conclude that the consequences of human’s presence and exploitation on this planet has been seriously contributed in what we face nowadays and mostly will bring worst in future to come. We don’t seem to understand that overexploiting natural resources has impact in the wider balance that nature has set for itself and we will only be facing worst scenes in future either by diseases, natural disasters, climate change and impact in the quality of our life in general as everything is associated and interacting with the rest.
So what will be the next move?
Survivability has always been the drive for human’s existence in this planet and so it will be, we will all have to find ways to survive for us and the ones around us so this cannot be but priority one. Regarding The concept, whatever the case will be, will be here as long as I am able to support it and serve the ones who want to experience it.
The rest will follow if we manage to understand what is going on around us and what the future may be. Adjustability, courage and a faith in the flow of the energy remain my compasses on top of love for all, we have to remain humans after all don’t we?