Friday, March 4, 2005

Steve Fossett the Great!

There is one thing that stops me from grumbling (or cribbing, as we commonly call here). It's efforts like that of Steve Fossett.

What an amazing effort by a 60-year-old man! Flying around the world... some 37,000 km. All alone. Non-stop, and without refuelling. He hasn't really slept during the 67 hours, except for a few minutes.

When I saw the live telecast on BBC of GlobalFlyer, touching down at Salina airport, I was overtaken by a strange feeling... A feeling, that yes, willpower and power of endurance can triumph over adversity...

The flight wasn't without tension. He lost fuel, and he had to take that crucial decision on whether to abort the adventure and land at Hawaii, or continue. He opted for the latter. How brave!

Another similar effort was that of astronaut
John Glenn in November 1998. He was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962. He repeated the effort by going back to space 36 years later, at the age of, believe it or not, 77!.

When you feel depressed, feel like grumbling and cribbing that nothing is going right... just remember people like Steve Fossett and John Glenn!


  1. Life always has ups and downs,no unseen god or friends or family can promise and give us only smiles and is for sure that we r going to fall a lot of times for every few steps we take in life.But then it is the confidence and willpower to survive which gives us the hope to live again the way we want.Saw the program in BBC and it was a moment to remember for life.Inspires to smile again and say i can do it again:))

  2. "Consider what you think justice requires, and decide accordingly. But never give your reasons; for your judgment will probably be right, but your reasons will certainly be wrong. "
    He definetly is inspiring .. i too saw this episode and loved it..
    its all about what u want to do in life and how to achieve those goals..