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Thoughts on failure - John C. Kirk
Jun. 1st, 2011
12:15 am -
Thoughts on failure
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June 2nd, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
Move along, move along people, no failure to see here.
You simply didn't get to JoG. You learnt stuff, you enjoyed yourself, you had an adventure.
Things don't go right on long trips. We've dealt with everything from salt water contaminating two days food (we still ate it, it was all we had) to hospitalisations of members of the group (after resetting a dislocated shoulder so he could get out of the jungle). At the time it's grim, in retrospect, it all forms part of the adventure.
AndyV and I went on a climbing trip to the Picos de Europa in Northern Spain, and then spent nearly two weeks climbing in the Costa Blanca, 1000km away because the weather was better. It was a great trip.
Would we have been better going straight to the Costa Blanca? Probably. But we wanted to climbing in the Picos and took a chance that the weather was going to be good in November. It wasn't, so we adapted.
I have a definition of adventure that I use when I give talks on Adventure Education.
"Adventure (n): A risky undertaking with an uncertain outcome".
LEJOG is truly an adventure, you risk a number of things (time, injury, money, not finishing) and in return you get somethings back (adventure, views, fitness, meeting people, sense of achievement).
I'm very sad that it was something as horrible as having your bike stolen that brought your trip to an end, that truly sucks, not least because of the financial implications. But certainly I, and my friends I've mentioned your trip to, have been impressed both by your willingness to attempt the trip and they organised way in which you went about it.
For you to consider your trip a failure........no chance!
Since you have the obligatory Kirk Comic Reference (TM) above, here's a cult TV equivalent.
Kat: "It's better to live a moment as a tiger than a lifetime as a worm"
Rimmer: "Yeah, but who ever heard of a wormskin rug"
By attempting LEJOG You've firmly distanced yourself from the Rimmer model of life.