This post is going to double as a hero spotlight, and a book recommendation-there's just sooo much great stuff here!
The story of Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance is one of my favorites. This true story of Shackleton's leadership and perseverance during a time when most of us would want to just roll over and die is so amazing, it is hard to believe. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up!
-a ship being crushed by the ice and the crew being stranded on icebergs near the Antarctic-- for over 2 years!
-the poor stowaway who picked the wrong ship
-countless near death escapes
-taking what basically amounts to a big canoe into the most dangerous sea in the world in an effort to find help.
-a 1,000 ft. "sled" ride going blindly down a mountain to find help down a previously unexplored mountain. Mountaineers going back later said that this was the one and only route they could have taken without being killed.
-Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about this, is that at the end of the whole misadventure, NOT ONE MAN DIED.
If you are interested in learning more, I recommend this book, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage. The writing is a bit dry, but the story is so incredible, it really doesn't need fancy writing.
The courage, the choice to not give into despair, and the will to never give up is something that I hope will rub off on me. I hope you read the book. It is inspiring and will make your life right now seem incredible easy!
(I'll be the first to say that this video is not super entertaining, but I included it because there is too much to write about. At least it will give you a little taste.)
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