Tonight I’m writing my CYA exam for the Costal Navigation course.
I took the course last November and December, but days after the last class the instructor went to the Caribbean for the winter. Christmas followed, then New Years, then I was planning my own vacation in the Virgin Islands. When I returned, I was hit with my mothers death, preparations for an artistic project that I’d committed to 6 months before, and moving to our new townhouse. By the time we’d moved and I had rested for a couple of weeks, the sailing season was upon us and I spent every possible moment on the water. 218 hours, in fact.
Earlier this summer I also realized that I’d forgotten most of what I learned last fall, and redid the course on my own from the textbooks and charts. A couple of weeks ago I looked at the “practice test” and blanked. I couldn’t remember a good chunk of what I needed to know, so I went and redid some of the work.
On Sunday I rewrote the practice test and aced it. I quickly picked up the phone and booked my exam for this evening. No more procrastinating!
I think I’m ready.
And once I’ve passed and got my certificate, having it will likely mean absolutely nothing. Perhaps a sidebar on my resume, but nothing more. Just the satisfaction that I’m still learning new things as I near my 40th birthday.
Wish me luck!