Seamus Reynolds

Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA • 9:14 PM Local Time

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Seamus Reynolds

Category Audiobooks
Language English (South African)
Voice Age Middle Aged (35-54)
Description This is a sample from an audio book I am currently recording about the first person to kayak, alone and unaided, around the world's fourth largest island, Madagascar.
Transcript Note: Transcripts are automatically transcribed and may contain errors.
the most annoying thing when that I couldn't do anything about was it every time my kayak flipped over to its suck water in through this small openings in the ****. After a while, it was about 70% underwater, and I was heading into a state of controlled panic. The bottom line was that the cake was sinking and the wind had begun, gusting so ferociously that at times I felt as if I was going backwards. Now those seven kilometres between myself and the shore seemed impossibly far so that I felt disoriented and lethargic. This was truly life or death stuff. And after about an hour of increasingly desperate struggle, I began talking loudly to myself between each splatter and plunge, trying to pump back some of my old determination. Was I willing to die for what I called an adventure? My instantaneous response was obviously no, and that meant I had to go into survival mode where the adventure would be over for good survival. Nothing less. That was easier said than done. The fact was that my boat was sinking. I was getting very tired and I was involuntarily swallowing so much water that I was slowly drowning. The only way I could survive was to get ashore. Where else? More than just this journey would be over. For that, I needed more than just a short lived shot in the arm. I had to have a determination spurt that would last for several hours. If you're not willing to be determined now, you never will be, I told myself over and over. Nobody can help you here except yourself. Do something, starting with your attitude.