Rowing the Pacific

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”
— Steve Jobs

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.