I’ve just finished watching a TED Talk about a British pioneer polar explorer who skied from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again establishing a record for the longest polar journey ever made.
Without stealing the men’s words, you have now the talk:
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If you had the time to watch it, maybe you share what I’ve experienced: confusion. Am I looking up to this man? Do I think he’s genuinely crazy? Am I really inspired by this? Does he prove something?
In order to find a baseline for how I am actually feeling I went on to reading the comments to see what other people think (how accurate of me, right?). So this is the first comment:
Midlife crisis hit this guy hard! He almost died doing something completely pointless and without any value whatsoever.
But at least he got a crappy TED talk out of it.
While I don’t agree with the second part, I’ll be honest and say that I also see some “pointlessness” in this story. Just think about how hard life is for some people around the world and how they struggle day by day to make it with so little opportunity to change their situation. And now go back to this crazy hard “adventure” that one deliberately chose to experience and tell me if you see in this some kind of bravery.
I understand the concept of pushing your limits. I understand how much value, experience and how many different perspectives this brings to an individual. But is it really worth it?
It’s fortunate that he got to stand on that stage and share his great fulfilled ambitions, but he could be as well dead as many of his predecessors who wanted to do something that wasn’t done before. And while I’d like to look up for some kind of passion, being in the freezing cold, experiencing hypothermia, run out of food and change your underwear 3 times in 4 months doesn’t sound passionate to me at all.