A friend of mine gets e-mails from a south pole blogging site...he forwarded this on to me:
It's been a wonder to maintain connnection to those capable of maintaining a positive outlook, when there's nothing to divert them from themselves.
John Bradshaw once said, "You cannot blame an orange for giving you orange juice when you squeeze it, because that's what's inside." The same goes for people. Winter squeezes people, and sometimes shit comes out - well, because that's what's inside.
Hopefully you have learned what's inside, and can decide to accept that or change within yourself - because those are really the only permanent changes we can make. When you get down to it, that stuff inside is what you are made of and it shapes the way you operate in the world, the situations you create around you. It shapes your character. If you live in a world that angers/frustrates you, well, you can't be surprised that a lot of people won't want to get really close to that - only those willing to commiserate.
Continue to find humor in the world without avoiding reality (and without being taken advantage of), and I would say that you go a long way to creating the world you want to live in - rather than have the world mold you into something you don't want to be. This is your inner world, the world you are immersed in every day.
Enjoy, happy trails, and keep in touch (especially with pictures when you are doing things extraordinary).
Weather for South Pole Station
The date is 10-27-2005 at 08:06 AM
-49.8 C -57.6 F
-70.1 C -94.2 F
13.9 kts Grid 57
683.5 mb (10496 ft)