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SEA Currents: SSV Robert C. Seamans
April 14, 2019
My World is Sideways
36°14.3’S x 165°42.8’W
Middle of Nowhere, South Pacific
Aboard Seamans, my world has been pretty thoroughly tilted, both literally and figuratively. On the literal side, the wave swells have been rolling the boat side to side nearly constantly, which makes standing up straight... an event. More figuratively, however, this ship has offered me a vastly new perspective for self-reflection.
One of our major community goals - which we have printed and posted all over - is ‘being better people,’ which I've tried to embrace wholeheartedly. To start with, I'm the procrastinator type: if an assignment isn't due for three days, it's not getting started until midnight in two. That... doesn't really work when you have a watch schedule to keep. I've been doing crazy things like sleeping when I'm tired, rather than when my eyes close on my
book at two a.m.
It’s not only about me, myself, and I, either. Captain Jay describes it at the triplet of ‘ship, shipmate, self,’ where no one can be healthy without the other two. Shipmates are always looking to support each other; if there’s a task in progress, there’s probably a few people passing by who offer to help with it. It’s been great to both offer help without feeling pushy, and be able to ask for help more freely.
There’s also been some great time for simple reflection. Well, there never just is time for anything, but we’ve made time for it. The whole community here has been great about feedback, which is exactly what I look for to know how I’m doing at the whole ‘being better’ thing. I try to stay true to being ‘myself,’ but this unique environment has let me question what parts of that are who I really want to be. Thanks, SEA.
- Liz Leadley, B Watch, Olin College of Engineering