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Life Is Like My Cabin Cruiser: From Rags to Riches; I Get to Decide What Is Rich!

Updated on March 6, 2019

Cabin Cruiser Reflects Life: Hard Times and Rebuilding

My Mother Celbrating the Launch of the "Glenda Fae!"
My Mother Celbrating the Launch of the "Glenda Fae!"
Microwave, TV, Refrigerator, DVD Player, Shower and kitchen... 4 months later!
Microwave, TV, Refrigerator, DVD Player, Shower and kitchen... 4 months later!
Fresh water storage below the floor of  cabin interior.
Fresh water storage below the floor of cabin interior.
My Cheer Leaders: My mother and Connie!
My Cheer Leaders: My mother and Connie!
Captain "Glenda Fae!" Holding on for dear life!
Captain "Glenda Fae!" Holding on for dear life!
16 foot grey whale..!
16 foot grey whale..!
Captain Connie
Captain Connie

Rebuild Better Than New!

Cabin Cruiser Completed

Prior Article, addressed my philosophy of accepting what is and creating an opportunity. This cabin cruiser was "free!" It had sat bobbing in the ocean at its mooring three years... Its owner had died. It was neglected and stripped. After four months of seven days a week work with plenty of help from my favorite cousin, Jack Rose and new friend Sean who was the marine repair expert - a $95,000 replacement value was achieved per accredited marine surveyor.

The sea is passive, yet can be a formidable foe. When I SCUBA dive, I have learned to respect the ocean. Over time, the sea had taken its toll on the "Glenda Fae." Life can be the same way to us. We must constantly maintain ourselves. The Glenda Fae restoration was a process of learning a complete new "skill set." My prior endeavors have used my brain rather than my hands. The Glenda Fae restoration required tedious, detailed procedures that at first I did not understand.

Our life presents challenges. We have a choice to learn what they are and how to create opportunities from what is. The difference between winners and losers" is resiliency. I have been both!

Life Can Be a Bowl of Cherries! We Must Decide if We Like Cherries...

The Glenda Fae cabin cruiser represents to me the drive needed to be successful. We get to decide what "successful" is, or what it means to us. The neglected cabin cruiser had no value when I first met her. Yet now she does... The "value" is subjective.. Our lives are what we value in ourselves. Each day we get to decide to have a good day, or a bad day!

Completing the Glenda Fae was a race between getting second knee surgery on the same knee for three more meniscus tears and hanging in there to complete. Life is compromises. We must decide on an individual basis what is important. The cabin cruiser is not really important to me. What it represents is important. The "Phoenix" process of rebirth reflects my life. Most of us experience the same challenges such as deaths and etc. How we react determines who and what we are. I get to decide what I am worth and what needs to be done. I get to decide what is the definition of success and what being "rich" means.

Building a New Future

I have the means, ability, and drive! Life is a process of growth. One man's trash is another man's riches. The cabin cruiser was a "throw-away." Now value has been created. I get to create my own "value." I have a couple of "Best Sellers" inside me... My "tool chest" from my foundation of experience, mistakes and the thrill of achievements, are providing me the excitement of another successful chapter in my life.

Cabin Cruiser - Before

My Mother's 600 Mile Ocean Adventure in My Cabin Cruiser:

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    • dallas93444 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Barbara Kay

      Fall down seven times, get up eight times: be resilient.

      I was born with nothing and I still have most of it -- yet I was born with everything I need.

      Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.

      Life is what you do with the "Dash." The things you do between the date you were born and the "dash" before you die.

      Thanks for your comments!

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      Barbara Badder 

      9 years ago from USA

      It sounds like a good life. Follow your dreams dallas.

    • dallas93444 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Peggy W,

      Thanks. Everyday I have the opportunity to decide if I want a good day, or not...

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Point taken! Your enjoyment of life is contagious and so nice that you have your "cheerleaders" to accompany your journey. Enjoyed your photos and philosophy in this hub.

    • dallas93444 profile imageAUTHOR

      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA


      Life is a process! Everybody dies, but not everybody lives.

    • point2make profile image


      9 years ago

      Interesting philosophy...I enjoyed your hub and maybe I learned a few things about myself as well. Thanks


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