A few weeks back I posted about leaving the figurative coastline behind and setting sail for the impossible. Yesterday, my good friend Erden Eruc put a literal spin on that as he and Tim Harvey left Portugal in an ocean going rowing boat. They're bound for Costa Rica.
For Erden (pronounced air-DEN), this is a training row that will build the foundation for a bigger goal - The Six Summits project, a solo human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, with summit attempts on the highest peak on each of six continents.
While Erden loves the adventure element of what he's doing, what really puts the shine in his eyes is the potential for his journey to both educate and inspire schoolkids.
Over the last three years, he has spoken at countless schools across the US and Western Canada. One of my favorite exchanges that happens with the kids centers around fear.
Kid: Aren't you afraid?
Erden: What should I be afraid of?
Kid: Bears. The cold. Getting lost. (or any of a bazillion other fears that come up)
Erden: Well, what can I do about that fear? Let's talk about that.
[Exploration ensues of ways Erden can prepare for whatever the source of that fear is, rather than letting it stop him. He then asks if they might be able to do the same thing with their own fears.]
The message, of course, is that we all feel fear, but we don't need to let them stop us. We can look at them and say, "What can I do to counter that fear? What kind of preparation do I need that will minimize the source of that fear?" And then move forward.
[You can vicariously experience Erden and Tim's journey by subscribing to an e-mail update or the RSS feed (the orange xml button) on the Around-n-Over home page. They will be posting dispatches via a satellite phone connection. You can also see a real-time GPS update of their progress here. ]
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM