I’ve been trawling blogs lately, trying to find some ideas about possibly following one of my dreams – learning to sail. Yep, I want to be able to sail a yacht. I’ve been finding myself drawn to the water a lot lately, from my seafood obsession to reading naval history/exploration/travel books. It’s probably just a big romatic vision, but what’s wrong with those if they inspire us to stretch beyond our confort levels? To challenge ourselves? This is something I want to do and, if I’m dedicated enough, what’s to stop me?
So I’ve been trawling search engines looking for inspiration, and I came across this guy. www.bigoceans.com You might have already been through to his website through my links. I have to tell you though, that this guy is one of the strongest willed people I’ve ‘met’.
Nick, a 25yo Aussie artist & software developer from Melbourne who’s currently living and working in Germany, came up with the dream of sailing singlehanded back to Oz the long way – across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal, and across the Pacific. He’s not doing it for a charity or for any reason other than the simplest of all – he just wants to do it. He’s got (almost) no experience, for a long time had no boat, and pretty much no idea of how to do anything nautical – except his dream. (He’s now got a boat, in drydock in Southampton.)
He’s got this fabulous website setup charting his progress with a great blog, and the site also provides lists of things he has to do and things he has to get before his (European) summer 2007 departure date. People reading the blog have been inspired to donate money, services and equipment to him – all just to see him succeed.
Now, if someone like Nick with no background in sailing can come up with a dream like that – what’s stopping the rest of us? What would it take to get you that inspired about something – something that has almost no relevance to anyone else, something uniquely personal?
When was the last time you did something purely for yourself??
There’s a lot of talk about the negative energies and bad karma of selfishness – but people forget that it can be a good thing to be a little selfish. I’ve had to discover that giving of yourself and keeping nothing back is never a good thing. Now, I’m not saying that selfishness is the answer to your problems – but no-one faults anyone for thinking of yourself first occasionally, for running with an idea that no-one but you believes in.
Where would we be now if the great explorers of history, Captain James Cook, Ferdinand Magellan, Christopher Columbus, decided that their dreams were the hogwash that everyone told them it was? Where would we be if Alexander Graeme Bell had listened to everyone telling him his “electrical speech machine” would never work?
All it takes is an idea, a decision and a bit of persistance.
I can only extoll the virtues of imagination, of the idea. The rest is up to you.
I’m going to end this one with some thoughts on imagination:-
Imagination is more important than knowledge... Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)
There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen. Sean O’Faolain (1900 – 1991)
Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life. Adele Brookman
It is feeling and force of imagination that make us eloquent. Marcus Valerius Martialis (40 AD – 103 AD)
Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture…Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. Norman Vincent Peale (1898 – 1993)