My green Defender is driving across the Mundafin triangle on the edge of the southwestern Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia. Far off in the distance is a detached remnant of the Tuwaiq Escarpment cutting across the Arabian Shield.
I spent several weeks getting ready for this expedition because when you go into deep desert, the unprepared do not survive.
In the Empty Quarter, there is nobody to rescue you, and there are no cell phones to call 911.
You earn the right to travel in the Empty Quarter by demonstrating a willingness to do whatever it takes to make your sand dreams come true.
Living dreams isn’t a matter of the will. Rather, it’s a matter of being willing to do whatever it takes.
When I am unwilling to do whatever it takes, no matter how much I say I want to live my dreams, it will not happen. I am only playing a word game, and everyone understands what I am saying.
The difference between the will and being willing is great. Making my dreams come true doesn’t require an iron will. I don’t need an indomitable spirit before I start the journey. I don’t need to spend years pumping myself up in preparation for the moment that will takes over, sweeps me off my feet, and carries me to total victory. That is a fairy tale of the will. No one has a mountain of will that sweeps away all opposition.
I don’t need a massive will to succeed, but I do need a willingness to do whatever is required to make my dreams happen.
Although I don’t have an iron will, I do have a willingness to work around, go through, over, or under whatever obstacles get in the way.
This is a quiet willingness. Eloquent speeches of dramatic resolve aren’t part of the script. I simply get on with the business of living my dreams.
Every day I focus on my purpose and act on my plan, because I am willing to do whatever it takes to make my dreams come true.
Awesome music video that captures the essence of what it's like to sail offshore in a catamaran around the world when conditions are less than perfect. David Abbott from Too Many Drummers sings the vocals, and he also edited the footage from our Red Sea adventures. This is the theme song from the Red Sea Chronicles.
Sailing up the Red Sea is not for the faint of heart. From the Bab al Mandeb to the Suez Canal, adventures and adversity are in abundance. If you take things too seriously, you just might get the Red Sea Blues.
If you like drum beats, and you like adventure, then have a listen to the Red Sea Chronicles Trailer.
Flying fish assault Exit Only in the middle of the night as we sail through the Arabian Gulf from the Maldives to Oman. And so begins our Red Sea adventures.
Sailing through Pirate Alley between Yemen and Somalia involves calculated risk. It may not be Russian Roulette, but it is a bit of a worry. Follow Team Maxing Out as they navigate through Pirate Alley.
Stopping in Yemen was just what the doctor ordered. We refueled, repaired our alternator, and we made friends with our gracious Yemeni hosts. We also went to Baskins Robbins as a reward for surviving Pirate Alley.
After you survive Pirate Alley, you must sail through the Gate of Sorrows (Bab Al Mandab) at the southern entrance to the Red Sea. The Gate of Sorrows lived up to its name with fifty knots of wind and a sandstorm that pummeled Exit Only for two days. Life is good.
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