Unfortunately, this sort of reaction is very common to anyone who lives this - or any unconventional - lifestyle. I cannot even tell you how many cruisers we have spoken to and how many emails I have received from wannabe cruisers lamenting about the lack of support they feel from family, friends and loved ones. We're a couple of the lucky ones, the people who matter the most to us are incredibly supportive of our choices, and for that we are grateful. More often than not cruisers are deemed "crazy" by friends and loved ones, sometimes in a playful way - sometimes in a hurtful way. When young adults take a couple years off of the corporate treadmill to travel and explore, they are foolish. When parents take their children on sabbatical to see the world, they are irresponsible. If retirees take to their boats to sail off into the sunset after decades of hard work, their grown children call them cruel. Almost always we are considered "selfish." The list goes on. The fact of the matter is this: if you want to live a life that doesn't fit the "lather, rinse, repeat" cycle our society so successfully generates - you will be met with opposition. It's been happening since the beginning of time. Apparently, there are folks out there who believe they have the answers for everyone and when people veer from a certain path, they feel that it's in their wheelhouse to tell them so. As much as we humans say we value "originality" - we also really, really love for everyone to fit into nice, predictable, little boxes. Pretty ironic, actually.