Following your passion
I have been following Zac Sunderland on his epic solo voyage to sail around the world. Yesterday, just off the coast of California, marked the end of that journey. Most compelling of this thirteen week adventure was not the encounters with rough seas off Mexico or the suspected pirate boats in the Indian Ocean forcing him to take evasive action but Zac’s passion at the age of sixteen (Zac celebrated his 17th birthday off the coast of Africa) to pursue his passion. As Dr. Ken Robinson explains in his book The Element, Zac was able to face internal obstacles of self-doubt and fear as much as any external obstacles of circumstance and opportunity to find his element.
Zac experienced what many would call a chance of a lifetime. At the young age of seventeen, he continues to build his foundation of year round learning (in addition to being home schooled). Regardless if his primary reasons are for the thrill of adventure, risk of life or getting his name in the record books, Zac is able to take his experience from adventure based learning and apply to many situations to come. I understand he is taking three months off to plan for his next adventure.