Sunday, August 9, 2015
Endurance Shackleton's Incredible voyage blog post-food
When I read the story about Shackleton and his incredible tenacity, the one characteristic about him that stuck out to me personally was perseverance. The reason I say this is because given all of the things that were happening, and even though he did lose his cool a few times during this whole ordeal, he never seemed to give up. Even when he realized that the food rations for the group was running low and the only way they would survive is to shoot the dogs and use some of them for food themselves, to make a decision like that just seems insane to me. I have a respectable amount of perseverance, but to say that I'd be able to make the decisions that he made and under the pressure he was under seems impossible to me. Between that and constantly being engaged in a battle with the cold, being barraged constantly with storm after storm, dealing with fatigue, and always looking out for predators while trying to find food and fresh water seems overwhelming to me. I really feel that endurance is a fitting name because he was shown to have that in spades. I think one way that this book affected me is that it made me realize that I do not have things half as bad as I originally thought and to appreciate what I do have because it can be gone in an instant.