Rowing the Pacific
Rowing is brutal. It is excruciating on both body and mind. It takes so much while yielding so little. In so many ways rowing is a metaphor for life. You push on against the storm, pulling as hard as you can, not able to see where you are heading as the vagaries of life beat on you from all sides. Four girls decided to bring this metaphor to life by rowing across the largest ocean in the world.
The Pacific is daunting. It covers over 30% of the world’s surface. The challenges and setbacks they faced were enormous. Why would anyone undertake such a voyage? Because they made a choice and our lives are the sum of our choices. We will not be here forever and in the limited time that we have, we have to do everything we can to ensure our lives are our own.
You count on your own fortitude to create the push when the vision is a third of the world away. The pull on the oars cannot come from anywhere else but yourself. To transcend the barriers of body and mind to reach our promised land. That is the story of human ingenuity. That is the tale of human aspiration. That is the legend of human daring. That is the journey of human ambition.
“Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group… If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth”
— Carl Sagan
“It was by common consent one of the greatest events in the history of the world, opening up the West and East for the first time; an extraordinary tale of bravery and cruelty, endurance and excess, chivalry and greed; a journey of ten years and 22,000 miles all told, enough to circle the globe.
Behind it, like the wrack of a receding tide, it has left strange and glittering debris: lost cities, blue-eyed Indians, exotic treasures, ancient manuscripts, and a great harvest of amazing stories, songs, poems, myths and legends.”
— Michael Wood
“Maybe a good start would be to recognize within yourself the ability to understand anything, as long as it’s explained clearly enough. And then go and ask for explanations. And if you’re thinking ‘Well what do I ask for?’ ask yourself if there’s anything in your life you want changed. That’s where to start.”
— James Burke