The Impossible Project
My friend Milena once asked me what's my "impossible project?" She meant what would you love to do that seems impossible. For me, it was to stand on South Georgia Island, where polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's epic Antarctic expedition played out in 1915 and where he later died. Thousands of miles away in the remote South Atlantic Ocean north of Antarctica, with no airport and no people. It's one of the most difficult places on earth to get to. This was my impossible.
I love that question: "What's your impossible?" It makes you think about things you don't give credence to because they seem so absurb. But imagine you did everything needed to reach the goal (met the people, learned the skills, overcome the fears)... how different would your life be? What opportunities would be infront of you then? Your life would be unrecognizable.
So what's your impossible?
The Project Evolves
To Stand where my heroes stood
My Impossible Project originally only involved getting to South Georgia Island but soon grew much bigger.
I've always noticed how sharing the same space with your heroes or exceptional people is special. Sports and concerts are perfect examples – staying home is an objectively better experience. You have more camera angles and replays, the beers are cheaper and closer; or for concerts the sound is perfectly mastered, you're on a comfortable couch, etc. Yet games are sold out and stadiums filled to see rockstars. There's something about being in the presence of these talents that's exciting and inspiring
I've noticed the same feeling can come by being in a place where greatness once happened or a great person once stood. It's why people travel to where religious events happened, companies buy the garages where they were started, and restaurants post photos of celebrities that ate there.
I felt this in Nepal, when hiking in the mountains, it occurred to me that I was walking the exact same trails, touching the exact same rock, seeing the exact same views that the greatest climbers that ever lived also saw. It was incredibly exciting.
And so the impossible project evolved, to be more than a single trip to South Georgia, and into a life-long one to stand where all my heroes stood.