Monday, July 21, 2014

Obstacles & Inspiration

Over the weekend, I watched a documentary - "Maidentrip".

At age 14, Laura Dekker wanted to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world. It sounded absurd to many, and certainly to the Dutch officials who brought up a legal case against her parents for 'risky behavior'. It even got to a point where the court wanted custody of Laura.

It took her a year to prove her case, eventually succeeding with the court stating that "it is up to her parents to decide whether she can make the trip". In an interview, she responded by saying:

"They thought it was dangerous. Well, everywhere is dangerous. They don't sail, and they don't know what boats are, and they are scared of them"

Soon after, Laura set sail for her global expedition and she filmed the whole voyage on her own over the course of 2 years, which was eventually made into a film.

In 2012, she completed what she set out to accomplish - to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world.


The film sent a clear message about how our paths are often shrouded in obstacles. For every step you take, there will be naysayers out there, armed and ready to tear your confidence down to its very core. But if you're equipped with a certain amount of stubbornness and faith - believing that you'll eventually get there, then you will.

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