In 1914, Shackleton and his crew of 27 men went off on a voyage to traverse the Antarctic continent. Things did not go as planned when their ship got trapped in between ice. Eventually, the shipwrecked and disappeared underneath the freezing cold water forever.
These men on the British expedition to Antarctica endured entrapment, hunger, frigid weather, angry seas—and near madness for 2 years! They had no communication with the outside world, no one knew where they were, no help was coming. The most amazing part is that every single one of these men survived!
We can all learn from these courageous men but most importantly from their leader Ernest Shackleton. He can teach us a few things when enduring difficult life situations.
Shackleton made sure that he kept all of his men busy with a regular schedule. He gave them a structure that gave them a sense of security by knowing what to expect. Have we let our daily structure slip? Having structure will ensure we stay productive and focused during difficult times.
Shackleton also included fun and games to keep their spirits high. They would stay physically active like play soccer in the snow. Even during difficult times, we should continue to do activities that bring us joy. Whether that's art, cooking, or working out, don't stop doing what brings you happiness, Laughter is part of a healthy life!
Shackleton also knew the importance of looking ahead to better times. They would sit around some nights planning their next expeditions.
Don't lose hope and keep focusing on your goals. Adversities are necessary for growth and they reveal your true potential. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.
Like Shackleton, we have to get through these trying times. This means enduring difficult situations while creating a day-to-day schedule, incorporation fun, and maintaining physical and mental health. If Shackleton can succeed over 100 years ago, then we can too!