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Positive Thinking and Motivation | Senior Living

Aleksander Doba just completed his third solo voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, in a specially built kayak, just shy of his 71st birthday.  His third voyage, from New Jersey to a port on the coast of France, took 110 days. His first trip, in 2014, originated in Senegal on the west coast of Africa and ended in in a town on the coast of Brazil, and the second went from Lisbon, Portugal and ended on the beaches in Florida in 2014.  These trips leave him covered in salt-induced skin rashes, blisters, and flaking fingernails and toenails. He brings enough freeze-dried foods and water, and can sleep up to three hours a night in the kayak of his cabin, constructed to be unsinkable and self-righting.

His attitude is refreshing. What most people experience as suffering, he re-purposes as determination and motivation, a kind of "contrarian self-determination."  He says the challenge is not physical but one of tedium and perseverance.  "Hundreds, thousands, maybe millions of repetitions. The brain is removed from the process."  He attributes his Polish heritage to his outlook, "If you aren't willing to suffer, you can do nothing; you can sit and die."  And, his outlook is punctuated with the comment, "I don't want to die in my sleep."

Our well of motivation is bottomless. There is no end to what we can accomplish, until we stop trying.  Aleksander Doba is a good example.     

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Image is from the New York Times, ALEKSANDER DOBA IN THE ATLANTIC BEFORE ARRIVING IN FLORIDA IN APRIL 2014. PIOTR CHMIELINSKI.

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