When I was a teenager, Ellen MacArthur was a great inspiration to me. Her autobiography “Taking on the World” where she describes the trial and tribulations of her childhood as she struggles to fulfil her dreams of sailing were particularly inspiring.
I sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable watching people talk about their past successes at conferences. Sure, the audience finds it exciting, but is this really what’s firing the person up? Explaining for the five hundredth time how they pushed themselves to do something five years ago? Do the speakers simply live to retell the story for the five hundred and first time?
Or is there something else that’s driving them now?
When Ellen spoke at Learning Without Frontiers Conference in London last week. it’s clear that she’s not there for the money. Nor is she there to blow her own horn about how amazing she is having sailed round the world and broken records etc.
Have a watch:
I’m so happy for Laura Dekker.
Laura is a 14yro Dutch girl with big ambitions and lots of persistence.
She wants to circumnavigate the world, singlehanded (with stops).
If you remember Laura was told by a court a few months ago that she couldn’t go because she was too young and inexperienced. She’s just managed to talk them round and, as I understand, has already set off!
Whether she completes it or not, as far as I’m concerned, isn’t the point. She’s managed to get to the starting line which, for her, has been incredibly tough in itself. I can only start to imagine her frustrations!
But I have so much respect as well for American teen Abby Sutherland as well. She set out on a circumnavigation, got demasted in the south seas and ended up getting rescued.
What makes Abby, Jessica and Laura different is that they had a dream, and they gave it the best they could. It wasn’t easy for any of them – there were hurdles to get to the start line but they all got there. If they hadn’t have tried. None of them would have got there.
This is the AP story about Laura’s breakthrough!
What do you think of it?
It’s pretty much my first ever watersports video that I’ve spent any time editing and I know I’ve still got a lot to learn…
How would you improve it?
If you think you know an answer, please leave a comment.
The music comes courtesy of Red Light Rippers, with their song “Addicted”.
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