Friday, July 25, 2014

Endurance- Part 1

As I continued reading the first part of this book it made me think about how our society used to be, and how it has changed over the years. The amount of bravery that these men had is amazing when you think about it. Not knowing anything about what they would be facing, or if they would even make it out alive was amazing to read about. The difficulties that these men encountered and the determination that they had to finish what they started really stood out to me. This book so far has taught me that no matter how hard things may be or may get, there is always hope if you put your mind to it and do not give up. It has taught me to fight for what you want and give it all you have even when you feel like you won't get anywhere. These men are not only fighting for their lives, but they are fighting to finish what they have set out to do. To see that these men kept their heads up through the hardships they faced was truly incredible. People today take a lot of things for granted and I think it's extremely rewarding that this book proves that you may have to go through hell to get where you need to be. These men made the most of what they had and that was the biggest lesson I have learned from this book so far.

Danielle Bush


  1. I too, agree that it is truly inspiring how these men did not loose all hope throughout their long and difficult journey. I thought, throughout the entire reading of the book, how optimistic the men were and how it was just completely incredible that they were able to enjoy themselves at times. I like that you mentioned that it made you think about how society used to be, because that sparked a new idea within my own mind. It made me wonder if such a thing were to happen today (and I guess it would be difficult for it to happen..gps would have to be lost/phones broken/radio signals out of reach) if a crew would be able to survive it with even a remote shred of happiness. We are a society that cannot generally go a day without tinning, making a phone call, or checking an email. This has become such a huge part of our everyday lives that the thought of being without those things, while still living in your own comfortable house, would make you feel isolated and lost. Its just strange. We have become more attached to "things" and possessions since the time of Shackleton's voyage, and in many ways I do not think it has made us any greater of a people.

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