I have often said, about the year I spent in Kaua’i, that it was like packing my life up into a boat to sail around the world… only to be rammed by a whale three months into my trip. In the aftermath, I felt like I was floating in the wreckage of my dreams. This wouldn’t be so ironic had I not developed, in recent years, a fascination with survival-at-sea stories.What fascinates me, beyond the biological and physical toll that such an odyssey takes on a human being, are the stories of the castaways who don’t make it, who perish hours or days before rescue. The ones who go mad and drink seawater, or suddenly announce to their lifeboat companions that they’re going out for milk, before diving into the ocean, never to be seen again. What kind of perseverance does it take to hang on long enough to be rescued, I would wonder. Is it as simple as being mentally and physically fit, or is it something more, like believing in salvation, or taking comfort in little mercies? In my own post-shipwreck flotsam, I’ve found that these three things – taking care of yourself, cultivating an inspiring vision, and… Read full this story
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