The Offshore Voyaging Reference Site

A Required Skill to Go Voyaging

“The capacity to tolerate minor discomfort is a superpower,” Oliver Burkeman wrote. “ It’s shocking to realize how readily we set aside even our greatest ambitions in life merely to avoid easily tolerable levels of unpleasantness. It is possible, instead, to make a game of gradually increasing your capacity for discomfort, like weight training at a gym. The rewards come so quickly that it soon becomes the more appealing way to live.”   

Oliver Burkeman and Lin Pardey

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Drew Frye

This sounds like mountaineering and ice climbing. Many of the big routes are best described as suffer-fests. Or as Tom Pattey, a famous British climber once said, “Ice climbing is like fun, only completely different.” Or Greg Child said, “It don’t got to be fun to be fun.”

Marcus Clark

Sounds a bit like a spiritual principle to me. Thanks for including this.