Final thoughts after the 2015 Antarctica expedition

It has been two months since the expedition – and Thalia, an AC from Mexico, reflects on what she learned and what will stay with her from her time in Antarctica. She also shared the below picture from the team’s “survival” overnight on the ice.

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All human beings are capable of adapting to the environment or circumstances they are living in – almost like a defense mechanism. This innate and natural instinct helps us survive in many ways but sometimes is also the reason why we get stuck in our comfort zone. We adapt and change only when external factors push us to the limit instead of realizing that we can also pursue “change” based on one’s will and one’s internal motivations.

The people I met on this expedition are role models and great examples of determination and inspirational leadership. These people have decided to get out of their comfort zone and look for their “sweet spot” at the intersection of their motivations and strengths. All of them have gotten a head start by approaching their goals with such a positive attitude that even though many obstacles have crossed their paths, it has never thwarted their hope to make this world a better place.

My greatest fear after the Expedition ended was the thought that with time I could forget about this experience and just adapt to having a normal life back home. But previous participants of the Expedition were not lying when they told us our lives would be changed forever. Now I know that you don’t need a thousand photos to remember everything we learned and the people we met on our trip to Antarctica; everything we learned and the bonds we formed have now become a part of who we are and are forever tattooed to our essence. I can say that I sleep a little better just knowing that there are at least other 80 people out there making their own little fight and putting their effort in to make a change.

One of the very last messages the 2041 crew shared with us on the closing day of the Expedition was a story some of you might already know. It is about a man, walking at a beach where the sand is completely full of starfish that have been pushed to the shore by the waves. This man sees a young boy at the beach picking up the starfish and throwing them back into the ocean. He asks the kid what he is doing and the young boy replies he is saving the starfish by helping them get back into the ocean. The man is confused by his seemingly futile effort and tries to tell him that there are too many starfish – that he will never finish throwing them all back, that it won’t make any difference. The kid picks up a starfish, looks at it and tells him: “for this one, it will make a difference”.

The main thing that I learned from the Expedition and the key message of this story is that every little thing you do can make a difference; maybe some actions have greater reach than others, but everything and even the smallest effort matters – there will always be someone out there whose life you might be changing. As Robert Swan says, “the greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it”, so… get up and start today!

 

2 Responses to Final thoughts after the 2015 Antarctica expedition

  1. This is one of the most beautiful, heart touching and indeed inspirational blog I have read in long time….!!! Good Job Thaly. 🙂 Cheers…!!!!

  2. Great final thoughts! Great reading! Action station!

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