Once in a while, a person sets out to do something truly remarkable, something positive and something that is just truly an achievement. If you want to hear about one of these people, I suggest you check this out:
Jessica Watson is a 16 year old Australian sailor who is on her way to becoming the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe solo, nonstop, and unassisted. In the last week she has rounded Cape Horn, passed the 10,000 mile mark (the whole journey is around 23,000 miles) and seen her parents (sort of) for the first time in months as they participated in a flyover off the tip of South America. I have been following Jessica's blog since she left Sydney in October, and every time I read it, I am totally heartened by the reminder she is of strength and courage in the human race and the sheer guts with which she has undertaken her voyage.
Besides her blog, there are news updates, a voyage tracker, and various videos from throughout the saga. The latest one is from her parents' flyover, I admit I cried at how small she looked in that giant ocean, a symbol of strength and humanity way out there away from the rest of the world.