Saturday, February 19, 2011

"Born Again" By: Virginia Marshall

I read the article "Born Again" by Virginia Marshall. She shared her experiences of being a sea kayaker. At the beginning of the article, she talks about how she lives in a tarpaper shack with a "door handle of silver polished driftwood scavenged from the neighboring beach, and a chicken wire window through which carried the sounds of waves gently lapping or violently thrashing three-billion-year-old volcanic greenstone.", but later explain this is her as an adult, where she began her new life.

Virginia enlightens the readers, with how she really changed her life. She was given an invitation to be an assistant kayak guide, and she took it. Before she knew it she was living her life out of a "130 litres of plastic for weeks at a stretch.", and she loved it. She shared her new life with her co-workers, who later named her tarpaper shack a " Taudis des Souris", for obvious reasons. She went on this expedition for 4 months. She is now a sea kayak magazine editor. And that even though now her travels have come to an end, she wouldnt change it for the world!

I recommend this article to anyone wanting to expand their horizons. I found it very interesting and captivating, as well as inspirational. This article demonstrates that to experience new things in life, you have to step out of your comfort zone and take risks. And Virginia, is living proof that you can benefit from taking chances! This was a fantastic article, and I think everyone could benefit from reading it. I give it four stars.


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