Inspiring Email: Island Spirit Starts At A Young Age

I get a lot of emails. Some from people wanting to sell me something, some from people wanting me to write about them or their product and some just wanting to say hi (I love those). Earlier this week I got an email that stood out. It was from a 16 year old kid named Nick. Nick is stuck in the cold north and dreams of living a life in the palm trees, who doesn’t though right. Nick’s favorite singer is Kenny Chesney and wants to be just like him. A lot of us would like to do that as well. But there was just something about the email that made it different. I think it was the laser focus and ambition Nick has to make his dream come true that inspired me. I don’t’ have kids, but that’s something rare in a 16 year old I’m guessing. Plus Nick is a big RumShop fan so how could I not like him! Hey Nick, just stay away from those Boat Drinks and Coronas for a few more years okay.

I asked Nick permission to post his email so I could share it with you Castaways. Let me know what you think and if it moves you the way it did me.

I just wanted to send you a quick email on your website, and lifestyle. My name is Nick and i am 16 years old and believe it or not, i have already planned out my whole life centered around living in paradise. Every day I sit in my room in cold, boring Maryland, searching for homes and islands out there that i would only dream to live in when i grow up. Thinking about laying on the beach everyday sitting in the sand having no troubles at all. After finding your website, I found that me and you are very much alike! Kenny Chesney is my favorite singer, and my room is basically everything related to him. I have a giant painting of a beach and Kenny’s famous words “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems”, up on my wall. I have palm trees and aqua blue everything to make me feel like where i really wanna be. Kenny’s song “Island Boy” I think is basically my life’s story just waiting to happen. I dream about moving to St John in the Virgin Islands, waking up and looking down over my island, and into the vast blue ocean. Now that i found your website I know now that I am not the only one that dreams big, and plans on it. Nobody may believe me. But you are my witness, it will happen. Maybe you wont care about what I am saying to you, but I feel good talking about it; reassuring myself that it is going to be my reality. Thank you so much for starting this website, and i am very glad i found it. Always live a stress-free life. Always.

“Nowhere to Go, Nowhere to Be…”
-Nick O.
Tell me what you think. Something tells me he will make those dreams come true one way or another. Thanks for the email buddy.


By |2016-12-31T11:58:07+00:00February 3rd, 2011|Kenny Chesney, RSR Stories|11 Comments

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  1. Uttoran Sen February 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Who doesn’t like to live in an island, facing sea… i have gone through plenty of beaches in my country, stayed half a month in the Andaman, and it was amazing, but to actually spend my whole life there, it would just be too perfect.

    Am with you Nick, i hope some day you can live this dream of yours. Personally my dream of the island life is a bit different, i would like to spend my retired life on the beach and the sand. For now, i just take out some time and visit those great beaches that are near my home.

  2. Mid-Life Cruising! February 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Great email! Like Nick, our dream is to live in the Caribbean … on our sailboat. We’re well on our way, and sites like yours keep us motivated. Nick, make a plan then go for it! Anything is possible!

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    RumShopRyan February 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

    What are your favorite islands/beaches Uttoran?

  4. Peggy Jones February 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Cheers to Nick!!!!! If I would have had that dream at his age instead of my older years maybe my life would be diffferent….Not Land Locked…..NEVER stop dreaming Nick….you WILL go far!!!!!!!


  5. Kathy February 3, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Awesome letter, thanks for sharing Ryan.

  6. Sue February 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    “stuck in Maryland” oh boy, you and I have loads in common.

  7. Uttoran Sen February 4, 2011 at 1:19 am

    hi Ryan,
    I like quite a few beaches, some i have visited, others i have seen on video and Tv. Some day will surely visit them all. I have also compiled a list of must watch beaches on my blog and am looking foreword to write more on that soon,

  8. Airlinkvail March 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Rare to find a 16 year old focused much beyond Saturday night. You go with it boy

  9. Antoinette Borrero March 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Ryan you can live that dream. Many people have dreamed and now are living it. You have a very long life ahead of you and if you really want that then don’t let nothing stand in your away. I sit at my desk at work every day and wonder what it would be like to live on a beauitful island and then I think of my family if they would love it just as much as I would. I have been on 3 cruises to the caribbeans and the first that is when I fell in love with the islands and I think everyday about being there somewhere. I also am a huge Kenny Chesney fan he is part of my life more than he will ever know. Sometimes I know my family and friends get sick of hearing about him from me but oh well I say..Make that dream your life…….

  10. Antoinette Borrero March 16, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I put Ryan’s name instead of Nick’s in my comment sry…

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    RumShopRyan March 17, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Thanks for the comment Antoinette. Sounds like you need to sell your family on the idea of a permanent vacation. Can’t be that hard of a sell cant it? 🙂 cheers!

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