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One Year Ago

One year ago, 7 Oct., 2009, I began my trip to Antarctica. It certainly doesn’t seem that long ago. Thanks to everyone for their interest and questions. I could talk about that place for hours.

I’ve learned that if you want something enough, you can do anything. You can go anywhere. Along the way, there were people, writings, and even songs that motivated me. One of the greatest influences was Dr. Jerri Nielsen and her book Ice Bound: A Doctor’s Incredible Story of Survival at the South Pole. It really made me realize there are regular people working in Antarctica; they just work in an extreme environment. Also inspiring is the following passage from Ulysses, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson:

Come, my friends,
’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Of course, there is also a Pink Floyd song for any occasion:

Time

Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.

So you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it’s sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again.
The sun is the same in a relative way but you’re older,
Shorter of breath and one day closer to death.

Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time.
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines
Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way
The time is gone, the song is over,
Thought I’d something more to say.

7 comments to One Year Ago

  • Kristen Kessel Ellison

    It’s hard to believe it was a year already! You’ve reminded us all that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. For that I’ll always admire you. :-) You rock!

  • chris

    Scott,
    I truley miss the excitement from waiting for each and every one of your posts. I often come back to this site to “re-read” your adventures. I was especially glad today since you posted a “follow up” Anyway keep chasing your dreams and this place is not the same with out you!
    Chris

  • komibe4

    wonderful suggestion, drew. but it’s very hard to fiurge out that idea i think you could compare it to becoming famous with a band. hundreds of thousands try, a few thousand do alright, and only a handful make it big. i’m still trying and still thinking about this kind of shit all the time, and if the idea comes to me you can be damn sure i’ll jump all over it.

  • piga060

    (hahaha, n8. you;re funny) good job e! youre so cool and hip and fresh. miss you boo. i hope youre doing okay with leaving ant. i know how it feels

  • piga060

    November 28, 2011 3:05 am by Antarctica is the best place for Penguins and other animals bceause of very cold temperature and it has a largest ice-free region called McMurdo Dry Valleys.

  • Many many qutaliy points there.

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