Through my promotional company I’ve got the chance to spend 4 days on a cruise ship, which was an experience of a lifetime. One of the most amazing and at the same time most interesting 4 days of my life. One of my team members worked 5 years on a cruise. I collected life experiences through her stories and my personal journey.
If you haven’t been on one, imagine Titanic, a huge ship, that has 14 floors, theaters, movie cinemas, shopping area, many restaurants, pools, beauty saloons etc… It felt like a small city on the Ocean.
Here’s the messages about life I’ve learnt in those 4 day on board:
1) Enjoy the waves instead of trying to focus on them!
The mediterranean cruise lines especially in the season change can sail through huge waves. People told us: Don’t focus on it, enjoy being on board and sea sickness will go away naturally. If you try to balance and get rid of the feeling you will get really stressed and annoyed by it. This is going to make you feel very sick! The moment you start to enjoy it you will get better and better. In “real life” there are also challenges sometimes, situations you don’t enjoy and want to change.
Don’t stress over your problems, just let them go by focusing on the bright side of life!
2) Let go of your internet addiction!
I had a very difficult time connecting to the internet. The first day I got very frustrated and changed into a complainer. They tried to explain to me that its very difficult to built a system for thousands of users in the middle of the ocean. Day by day I got more used to being without internet and a signal on my phone. Normally we are very spoiled nowadays with the internet and phones. In one way that is awesome, as they connect us with the world and makes life much easier but on the other hand it is addictive.
Your life is happening offline, don’t live it online!
3) No matter how much money you make you will complain if you are a complainer!
There are people who you should try to avoid! Unfortunately there are some negative desperate people on cruises and in real life as well. Your job is not to save them. They can’t see the amazing things in life and you are not supposed to sacrifice your own energies to solve their pessimistic way of thinking. Just let me bring up an example the story of the garbage man and the ballerina on the cruise standing next to each other. She just couldn’t stop complaining about everything: The food is horrible, how much she has to work, there is too much rehearsal time for each show etc. She earns 3 times more money than the boy and he has to work 12-14 hours in the disposal area and has dig in the trash. He never complained a minute and was very kind and loving.
Being content in our life does not depend on the amount of money we make, it comes from our attitude!
4) Nothing is Impossible!
From the second you step on board you feel so impressed about the size of the cruise. I felt like Alice in Wonderland. Everything is so perfect and so big. Your brain doesn’t understand that you are actually on the water. It is freaky, how humans can built such enormous “moving cities on the water”. How can it stay on top of the water? How do they solve the issues that seem to be impossible to do on water? (i.e: electricity)
The simple message is: Nothing is Impossible!
5) Get out of your comfort zone to grow!
When I saw our tiny cabin I got nervous how will we be able to share this little space. I lived in a dormitory during college sharing the room with others, but still the size this one scared me a bit. You don’t have your privacy at all. It even made me think about how people who have 6-12 month contract can survive? After the second day I realized how amazing it is to learn to share and be “partners”. You step out of your comfort zone and realize how great it is to help each other and to build a team with you roommates.
Don’t judge! What you think is not Ok, might turn out to be a blessing!
6) It’s an Artificial World!
Either you work on the cruise or you are a guest on board. The staff can forget about the outside world and can get addicted to working on a ship. You don’t have to worry about bills or food or your flat, everything is taken care of. Just a reminder don’t forget the outside world!
There are things outside your bubble and sometimes it’s really inspiring to get out of your comfort zone!