Take last night’s swimming magic, add more intense phosphorescence, the Perseid meteor shower and the most apocalyptic lightning storm I’ve ever seen exploding in the distance. Goddamn.
Dinner of beef tartare and scallops, then a night swim with Kate’s family among the phosphorescence under the shooting stars.
This is where we camped last night. Not bad.
All of us were born kicking and fighting to live, but we have become used to the soft life. We have become creatures of comfort. We dislike inconveniences and discomforts. What happens when we are faced with a survival situation with its stresses, inconveniences, and discomforts? This is when the will to live — placing a high value on living — is vital. … Stubbornness, a refusal to give in to problems and obstacles that face you, will give you the mental and physical strength to endure.
— FM 21-76 US ARMY SURVIVAL MANUAL