Doers Dreamers and Doners


When I was younger and growing up on a sailboat in various parts of the world, my Mom was a ham radio operator.

She belonged to a network called the “DDD Net” (it was like the social networking site of the 70s and 80s). Today’s version would be a Facebook group or online forum for the “Doers Dreamers and Doners” of the sailing world.

The DDD Net was comprised of a variety of ham radio operators from all over the world. Some of them were in the process of sailing around world (like my parents) – the “Doers”. Some had already “Done” it and still wanted to connect with that world.

Then, there were the “Dreamers”: those who were content to sit at home and live vicariously through the doers and doners. For them, that was enough.

When I was growing up, my parents were “Doers.” They spent 15 years exploring the world. Now, after hauling in the sails in September 1990, they’ve become the “Doners”.

Nearly 20 years later, I can still remember listening to my mom on the DDD Net. Catching up with the fellow ham operators about our latest adventures.

I wonder what the “Dreamers” were thinking when they heard about us exploring Chagos in the Indian Ocean, meeting the Cuna Indians in Panama and surviving a hurricane in the Caribbean.

I wonder if any of them were inspired to become “Doners” because of my parents.

In my opinion, the biggest regret of one’s life is letting the world pass you by. Which of the D’s are you?

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