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Jessica Watson's True Spirit Essay

2209 words - 9 pages

Life is composed of dreams, elaborate to simplistic. Many people go after them with no hesitation, others are not as eager. Fear and doubt can lead most to not accomplish dreams or goals. Those who achieve their dreams put in copious amounts of work much like sixteen year old Jessica Watson. She documented her journey around the world, in True Spirit, to show herself and everyone else that anything can be accomplished with hard work and effort. Her voyage was not just rainbows and sunshine; she had an over whelming amount of backlash, but she persevered. Jessica Watson’s book, True Spirit enlightens readers about the background of herself sailing and positive book reviews by professionals show the impact she had on millions of people around the world.
Jessica did not have the conventional childhood. In her book, Jessica talks about her battle with dyslexia. “Overcoming dyslexia has certainly been a great lesson, showing me what you can achieve with some extra effort, despite whatever setbacks or handicaps stand in your way” (Watson 16). She did not dwell on that fact that she was different from the rest of her classmates. Dyslexia was never an excuse for her to fail. Another unconventional lifestyle Jessica lived was her home. She and her family lived in a motorboat for majority of her life. Living on the water in the family’s motorboat surrounded daily by every nautical thing imaginable made sailing and boating part of Jessica’s life (Watson 16). It was not as if Jessica magically wanted to start sailing; it was part of her life for years. Sailing is part of her whole family’s life, something to bring them together. Jessica’s childhood and adolescent years were not like the traditional Australian lifestyle but that is what set her up to be who she is today. When most people think about sailing, they think of ginormous storms that kill people but that is not always true. When the water is stagnant and quiet, that is when the trouble comes. Storms aren’t the cause of most sailing crashes; it is the calmness that is dangerous (Lochhaas 1). The saying ‘the calm before the storm’ might have actually been made for sailors. Jessica wanted waves to come so she could learn and do something exciting. Many people were right in the danger side of sailing what they failed to realize was the type of danger. Sailing has been part of Jessica’s life since she can remember and sailing has been around since mankind can remember.
Having her home on the water was not the only reason Jessica fell in love with sailing, it was also the people who had sailed before her. Kay Cottee has been a role model for her since she started. Kay Cottee has made history in the world of sailing achievements--the first woman to sail around the world solo, unassisted and without stopping (Mundle 1). Cottee wanting to become the first woman to accomplish this must have been a steep uphill battle. Sailing has been a male dominant sport since the middle ages so Cottee is...

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