Jessica Watson -True Spirit



A while back I was in the book store Borders and found this book on the shelf titled “True Spirit.” A book about a young girl that sailed around the world, solo. At that time I like the idea of the book but for some reason I set it back down on the shelf and left the store. I’m not sure why I did that, but after about 2-3 months it must of stewed in the back of my mind because the next time I was at that Borders I searched for that book and grab it right away. I was so excited to read this book, I started reading it on the car ride home. Even though all my brothers friends and him where talking very loud and obnoxiously. Not often I can focus on reading something that intently without constantly being distracted by the other things happening around me.
This book so far is proving to be very fun to read, especially after having read the book “The Kid Who Climbed Everest” by Bear Grills. The whole premise of Jessica Watson‘s book is, and I quote.

“The True Story of a 16-Year-Old Australian Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop, and Unassisted Around the World.”

Now some people might be thinking “she’s just some rich kid,” but Jessica isn’t a kid specially privileged in any or with parents living vicariously through her. This whole idea of sailing solo came from when she read the book by Jesse Martin, “Lionheart,” and in her book she says “it made me wonder… Could I do it? Could I sail around the world on my own?” Referring to how a young Jesse Martin had successfully sailed solo around the world without being privileged or a superhero for that matter.
Now, I as in myself, can’t help but dream as I read her book similar to how she dreamed when she read Jesse Martin’s book. I ask myself “Could I do it? Can I find my adventure too?” Now I’m not saying I want to be the youngest to sail around the world (little late for that anyways), or even sail for that reason, but rather I want to find my own similar story when read this book. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to tackle an adventure like solo sailing around the world, just I’m not sure if it is my thing, especially since I want to find my own path.
Getting back to the book, I enjoy reading it because for her it seems like this adventure was the farthest thing from an easy one, especially if you read the prolog to this book. Also the book is very straight forward and easy to read with no slow points (in it so far), which is just the way I like it. And the cherry on top for me is that this story is someone’s first hand true accounts of an epic adventure they had.
If this is at all interesting, you might want to check out Jessica’s website where you can check out her Latest News, Read Her Blog, Video’s of her, and check out her next big adventure, “Another Challenge.”
Well… time to get back to reading,