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Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
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“To my mind, voyaging through wildernesses, be they full of woods or waves, is essential to the growth and maturity of the human spirit. It is in the wilderness that you really learn who you are.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“This life is full of trials and tribulations, so you have to capture humor whenever and wherever you can find it.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“Avoiding risk is not much of a goal...whether you crawl into a hole or walk a high wire, nobody gets out of here alive. We cannot grow without challenge.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“There is a magnificent intensity in life that comes when we are not in control but are only reacting, living, surviving. I am not a religious man per se...but for me, to go to sea is to get a glimpse of the face of God. At sea I am reminded of my insignificance-of all men's insignificance. It is a wonderful feeling to be so humbled.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“My plight has given me a strange kind of wealth, the most important kind. I value each moment that is not spent in pain, desperation, hunger, thirst, or loneliness.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“The heartfelt realization of one's insignificance yields a calming sense of being completely connected to the greater whole. As a tiny part of the world and humanity, I now feel more at peace and much larger than I ever felt as a man alone.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“We cannot grow without challenge. Challenges routinely produce crises that severely test us. However, crises also offer us the greatest opportunities. People going through tough times typically feel isolated, and unsure what to do. When I face a crisis, I try to keep in mind a few simple concepts: we cannot control our destinies, but we can help to shape them; we must try to make life hop a bit, but we must also accept that we can only do the best we can.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“In addition to the little ecosystem developing around my raft, I am constantly surrounded by a display of natural wonders. The acrobatic dorados perform beneath ballets of fluffy white clouds. The clouds glide across the sky until they join at the horizon to form whirling, flaming sunsets that are slowly doused by nightfall. Then, as if the sun had suddenly crashed, thousands of glistening galaxies are flung out into deep black night. There is no bigger sky country than the sea. But I cannot enjoy the incredible beauty around me. It lies beyond my grasp, taunting me. Knowing it can be stolen from me at any time, by a Dorado or shark attack or by a deflating raft, I cannot relax and appreciate it. It is beauty surrounded by ugly fear. I write in my log that it is a view of heaven from a seat in hell.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“I discover two small holes in the floor, which explains the constant dribble of water into the raft. I probably sat on my knife when I abandoned ship. That would also explain some of the lacerations in my lower back. The patching kit contains glue and pieces of raft material. The instructions tell me to make sure the raft is dry before applying patches to it. Good joke!”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
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Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“There is a magnificent intensity in life that comes when we are not in control but are only reacting, living, surviving.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“Ooh ho!” he says. “In such a small boat? Tonto!” Fool. “It’s not so small, it’s my whole house.” The old man gestures toward his lower abdomen with cupped hands as if holding gigantic organs. We laugh at his joke as I shake my head no, open my eyes wide, and shiver as if frightened.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“I write in my log that it is a view of heaven from a seat in hell. My”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“If there is any enlightenment that I have been awakened to, it is that men's minds are dominated by their little aches and pains. We want to think that we are more than that, that we control our live with intellect. But now, without civilization clouding the issue, I wonder to what extent intellect is controlled by instinct and culture is the result of raw gut reactions to life.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“I have often thought that my instincts were the fools that allowed me to survive so that my "higher functions" could continue. Now I am finding that it is more the other way around. It is my ability to reason that keeps command and allows me to survive, and the things I am surviving for are those that I want by instinct: life, companionship, comfort, play.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea
“To us decay is death, but to nature it is another beginning.”
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea