The Transatlantic Groundhog Sea Day

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We’ve been at sea for the last 7 consecutive days doing the Transatlantic. I would have liked to report that it was amazing and that I was very productive in my free time creating new products for Stickmen & Unicorns but in reality, it kinda sucked.

Like Albert Einstein said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” And that’s sort of what it felt. It felt like I was repeating the same day over and over and over again. The same routine, the same meals, I’m pretty sure even the same conversations. Rinse and repeat. To make matters worse, I forgot to go get natural sunlight for the entire time. Turns out, not having sunlight for an extended period of time does some funky things to you. I felt my behavior getting progressively weirder. To be fair, I’ve always been a bit weird but I like to think of it as quirky. This was something quite different. I was actually getting worried. It was like I was the thirteenth monkey from Twelve Monkeys.

The turning point I think was yesterday evening and wondered for a moment “is this real or some bizarre recurring dream?” I got up and looked in the mirror and kind of freaked out. “Who ARE you?” I thought to myself. Then I turned on the light in my cabin and everything was okay. Well, not quite – I still didn’t feel myself. I suspected that I was serotonin-deficient.

I immediately recalled how my friend Wayne cured his depression by running. I’m not talking about fun runs around the block, this guy did a Forest Gump and ran across Canada! Currently, Wayne is running across the world to promote his cause. Which is really marvelous and ironically a bit crazy.

I headed to the gym. Rather than do my usual weight training routine, I ran for an hour. I forgot how awesome it is to have a rush of endorphins from a runner’s high. It’s almost like eating nutella from a bottomless jar while riding a unicorn over a double rainbow. It’s easy to forget how important these little things are to stay centered. You know: sun, regular exercise, fresh air and good nutrition. Anyway, I’m happy to report that I’m back to my happy-go-lucky and mostly marvelous self.

How do you stay centered while traveling?

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About Me

In 2004, I sold everything I owned and left New Zealand to go see the world. In that time, I've run with bulls in Pampolona, watched the Man burn at Black Rock City, volunteered at a special-needs summer camp in New York, hosted & couchsurfed with 100+ people, taught English in Prague, trained with Muay Thai fighters in Phuket, worked on 5 different cruise ships, hugged strangers on streets in 7 countries and this one time, I even hitchhiked naked (but that was back home, so that doesn't really count). I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2012, to embark on new adventures. It's nice here, I think I may stay awhile! Let's connect: @roymarvelous, facebook & RSS.

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  • Chrystal McKay

    The whole no natural sun light reminds me of Canadian winters. That whole seasonal depression thing is serious and staying indoors during out measly 5 hrs of sunlight a day can make some people crazy. Me being one of them. Are PEOPLE taking the transatlantic cruise? Do tourists go? Or mostly those who want to cross the ocean without having to fly?

    • Roy Marvelous

      Yes people take transatlantic cruises :)
      I get this question a lot though. I’m actually writing a post about it.